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Government backs hybrid food labelling system

The Government has announced a consistent system of food labelling, which is expected to be in place by summer 2013. The announcement follows a three-month consultation with food manufacturers, retailers and other interested parties – including Diabetes UK.

The hybrid labelling system includes traffic light colours (red, amber and green), text (high, medium or low) and percentage Guideline Daily Amounts (% GDAs). The Government will now work with industry to finalise the label design.

Diabetes UK welcomes the Government’s announcement, and recommended the hybrid system as part of the consultation process.

“Great news for consumers”

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said, “The Government’s decision to recommend a front-of-pack food labelling system that combines traffic lights, Guideline Daily Amounts and high/medium/low text, is great news for consumers and represents a positive step in the effort to reduce the number of people in the UK who are overweight or obese.

Easy access to information

“We are glad the Government has listened to the campaigners and food retailers who have called for this very measure. We now want to see all retailers adopting the recommended labelling from next summer as recommended and the Government fully promoting this scheme as a way to give people across the UK easy access to the information they need.

Healthy choices

“With around a quarter of adults in the UK now obese, which means they are at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions, it is important that we have food labelling that makes it as easy as possible for people to make healthy choices.”

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