We know it's not easy to find out what’s in your food. Nine out of ten people say clearer food labelling would help them make healthier food choices.
That's why our Food Upfront campaign is calling on the UK government and food industry to act and make nutritional labelling clear, consistent and compulsory.
We've kept Food Upfront firmly on the government's agenda over the last year, which is no easy task.
6,862 campaigners signed our petition calling for better labelling, nearly 2,000 of you signed our open letter to the government and over a thousand joined with us to respond to a government consultation on calorie labelling.
Our campaigning is beginning to pay off.
In a new strategy published in July by the Westminster Government, they've now promised to review front of pack labelling on products in supermarkets.
And last month, Food Standards Scotland have officially recommended that the Scottish Government introduce calorie labelling when people eat out of home.
These are major steps forward, but we must continue campaigning to keep better food labelling on a very crowded agenda. We know how important this is to thousands of you. We're working on the next steps in the fight for food labelling that is clear, compulsory and consistent'.
What about restaurants?
We're asking leading restaurant chains to sign the Food Upfront pledge and commit to:
- Introduce calorie labelling on their menus or at the point of choice.
- Ensure information on carbohydrate content is clearly available either on menus or somewhere both in store and online.
- Ensure fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content of meals is clearly available to customers, using the traffic light system, in store and online.
Taking action - the story so far
Thanks to your support, leading restaurants and the UK government have heard the demand for stronger nutritional labelling. Here is what you have been doing to help move us a step closer to clearer labelling.
1. Signing the petition
In March 2018, almost 7,000 of you signed our petition, which is absolutely amazing. With this many signatures, the message is crystal clear - it's time for the government and industry to strengthen food labelling.
2. Writing to your MP
In April 2018 we took our cause to parliament to tell MPs why clear labelling is so important. Hundreds of you wrote to your MP asking them to meet with us and more than 50 MPs joined us and took action on the day.
3. Submitting the petition
In May 2018, we took our message directly to the Prime Minister by handing in the Food Upfront petition.
4. The government publishing their Childhood Obesity Plan
A major milestone for Food Upfront.
On 25 June 2018, the Government published a second chapter of their Childhood Obesity Plan. This includes proposals for clear, consistent and compulsory calorie labelling that were consulted on over the autumn.
5. Responding to the government consultation
We’ve submitted our response to the government consultation. Thousands of you shaped our response through focus groups in Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Wolverhampton and an online survey.
6. Getting restaurants, cafes and takeaways on board
We’re now calling on some of the biggest chains in the country to adopt the Food Upfront pledge. Find out what responses we’ve already had from some of these chains.
7. Urging the government not to delay
Hundreds of you responded to alarming media reports suggesting the government were seeking to delay the publication of the calorie labelling consultation.