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A traffic light food labelling system uses green, amber and red symbols.

  • Green means that the product can form a regular part of a healthy diet
  • Red means that the product should be avoided, or consumed only occasionally
  • Amber covers products in between green and red.

A traffic light system developed by the Food Standards Authority is operating in the United Kingdom. Under the scheme, four symbols indicate whether a product is low (green), medium (amber) or high (red) for total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Variations on the format are allowed.

Most British supermarkets have taken up the scheme as have some food manufacturers. Other manufacturers remain opposed – they don’t wants red lights on their products.

Page updated 28 October 2013