Red Alert For Shoppers?

The Food Standards Agency (the Government watchdog on food) is proposing a traffic light scheme for foods, with red, amber and green symbols relating to fat, sugar and salt content.


Open quotesApparently consumers want help and symbols on packs went down well in research.Close quotes

Apparently consumers want help and symbols on packs went down well in research.

Predictably the food manufacturers were less than excited and dubbed these proposals misleading.

The Government wants some form of labelling to start in 2006.

(Ed: The crucial issue is which ingredients will be highlighted. Salt, saturated fat, sugar - but what about dairy, aspartame or yeasts? Who will decide and where do we draw the line?).

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