Traf­fic Light La­belling

Consumer Voice - - Decoding Food Labels -

In year 2007, Food Stan­dards Agency (FSA) of the United King­dom de­vel­oped traf­fic light la­belling guide­lines with these ob­jec­tives:

• to al­low con­sumers to cor­rectly iden­tify healthier

food prod­ucts • to as­sist con­sumers to make com­par­isons be­tween prod­ucts eas­ily

• to al­low con­sumers to make these com­par­isons at a glance The traf­fic light la­belling sys­tem uses three colours – green, am­ber and red – to show at a glance if a par­tic­u­lar food has low, medium or high amounts of fat, sugar and salt. Foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt are linked with obe­sity and non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases such as di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion and high blood pres­sure. As yet, the UK la­belling sys­tem is not fol­lowed in In­dia.

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