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.
In the past month, over two thousand of our supporters joined us in the next stage of this campaign. They signed an open letter to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, calling on the government to stop stalling and publish their labelling plans.
On Wednesday 5 June, we donned our finest fancy dress and headed to the Department of Health and Social Care to deliver the letter in style. Our stunt aimed to draw attention to leaks in the press suggesting the government are considering weakening the proposals they consulted on. And with cameras, props and a fake pizza delivery, we certainly got their attention.
We handed our letter in to the Department and have been assured our ‘pizza’ delivery will make it to Matt Hancock. We'll let you know when we hear a response. In the meantime, sign up to the campaign so you're first to hear the latest.
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.