Food Labelling

Health written question – answered on 18th March 2005.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the European Commission about his plans for a traffic light system for food labelling; what response he has received from the Commission about the proposal; whether he plans to introduce legislation to give effect to the system; and whether he expects legislation on the system to be introduced by the European Commission.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The European Commission is fully aware of, and has expressed support for, the work being progressed in the United Kingdom to develop a voluntary, national signposting system to make it easier for consumers to make healthier food choices. The Food Standards Agency is still investigating various signposting options and no decision has been made on the ultimate format of such front-of-pack labelling.

We will be working with the European Union and will use the British presidency to ensure that Europe as a whole will provide simple nutritional labelling and make it mandatory on packaged goods.

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