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News - 5 March 2010

Too Soon for Food Labelling Change

British Retail Consortium says that UK retailers are at the forefront of providing the maximum possible nutritional information in the clearest possible way. So why change things now?

Reacting to the Food Standards Agency (FSA’s) Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling briefing paper, published last week, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said retailers in the UK were the first to adopt easy to understand front-of-pack nutritional labelling to help customers make more informed choices.

The FSA has recommended a new label combining the existing systems of using the words ‘high’, ‘medium’ and ‘low’, with traffic light colours and Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) – which use recommended percentage amounts.

Food labelling regulations are currently being reviewed by the European Union. Changing labels in the UK now before the outcome of that review makes no sense.

Andrew Opie, British Retail Consortium Food Director said, “UK retailers are leading the way on food labelling and have done so for many years. Retailers have developed nutrition information that they know works best for their customers.

“It would be too soon for the UK to adopt any new regime of its own until a final decision about front-of-pack labelling is taken at European level. Changing and then changing again would just produce extra costs and customer confusion.

“Labelling is only one aspect of tackling obesity and other important factors, such as public education, exercise and personal responsibility, must also be given significant attention.”


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