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Food labelling plans criticised

Diabetes UK is disappointed that the food industry have announced their own plans to improve food labelling without waiting for guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Five of the UK’s biggest food manufacturers Kellogg’s, Danone, Kraft, Nestle and PepsiCo, have said that they will avoid using the traffic light scheme which is expected to be recommended by the FSA.

Instead, manufacturers say, they will only use Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) on the front of their packaging.

"Voluntary food labelling will only work if manufacturers start looking at it from the view of the consumer," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK.

"The FSA has undertaken a long period of research and consultation to find a scheme which will work. One has to ask why some manufacturers have decided to pre-empt that and go their own way.

"People with diabetes, or those seeking to reduce the risk of developing the condition, need information about foods to help them make the right choices on what to eat. Giving confusing information is likely to be little better than giving no information at all."

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