Food: Labelling

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in future consultations with food retailers and trade associations, they will propose inclusion of information additional to guideline daily amounts in front-of-pack nutritional labelling.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Future consultations on front of pack (FoP) labelling will take account of the independent research published on 6 May 2009, which found that a FoP label that included the words "high, medium and low", traffic light colour coding and percentage of guideline daily amount (per cent. GDA) was most effective in terms of consumer comprehension and enabling consumers to assess the healthiness of a product. The published report is available at www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/ 2009/may/pmp.

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