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UK to get hybrid front of pack food labels – including traffic lights

Two months ago Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, announced they would add traffic lights to their Guideline Daily Allowance nutrition labels.

Events have moved fast since then. The other major supermarkets followed suit.

The UK government is now backing a hybrid food labelling system that combines traffic lights, guideline daily amounts – which research has shown many consumers find baffling – and the words high, medium or low to describe certain ingredients. 

It will be working with industry and other partners to agree on the detail of the system and to make sure they use consistent visuals. The scheme is expected to come into effect from the middle of 2013.

Meanwhile, New Zealand and Australia are awaiting the outcome of Front-of-pack labelling advisory groups that were appointed to advise what sort of front-of-pack labelling system to support. More information about this is expected in December.

Read more about the new UK food labels

Hybrid system for food labelling given green light (Dept of Health)

Consumers will be able to make healthier choices about the food they eat with the introduction of a new, consistent system of front of pack labelling, Health Minister Anna Soubry announced today.

All supermarkets to adopt ‘traffic-light labelling’ for nutrition (The Guardian)

All major supermarkets will finally adopt a version of “traffic-light labelling” to help end confusion about which are the healthiest and unhealthiest foods.

UK Dept of Health to press ahead with ‘hybrid’ nutrition labelling (Lexology)

Explains the significance of the new food labelling plan and how it came about.

New hybrid system for food labelling – in quotes (Food Manufacture)

Provides a snapshot of different views on the food labelling plan.

Published on November 2, 2012 in International news,Traffic light labels