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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