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 • • This is how the cri­te­ria for foods (per 100 grams) are set out in the traffic light la­belling sys­tem: In­gre­di­ent Fat Sugar Salt diseases such as di­a­betes, hyper­ten­sion and high blood pres­sure. As yet, the UK la­belling sys­tem is not fol­lowed in In­dia. Am­ber (medium con­tent) be­tween 3 gm and 17.5 gm be­tween 5 gm and 22.5 gm be­tween 0.3 gm and 1.5 gm Red (high con­tent) more than 17.5 gm more than 22.5 gm more than 1.5 gm Results can be in­ter­preted as fol­lows: Green: eat of­ten (de­sir­able); am­ber: eat oc­ca­sion­ally (neu­tral); red: eat spar­ingly (un­de­sir­able) Traffic Light Rat­ing of Choco­late Cream Bis­cuits Sl No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Brand An­mol Bonn Bri­tan­nia Dukes McVi­tie’s Oreo Parle Patan­jali Priyagold Green (low con­tent) less than 3 gm less than 5 gm less than 0.3 gm In 100 gm (gm) 16.31 16.2 20.0 23.3 18.0 19.7 16.0 20.0 16.94 Fat Traffic Light Am­ber Am­ber Red Red Red Red Am­ber Red Am­ber In 100 gm (gm) 21.88 33.0 37.5 33.3 38.1 37.8 40.0 32.0 21.96 Sugar Traffic Light Am­ber Red Red Red Red Red Red Red Am­ber In 100 gm (gm) NM NM NM NM NM 1.26* NM NM 0.30* Salt Traffic Light - - - - - Am­ber - - Green

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