Shops get traffic light food labelling

TRAFFIC light food labelling is now being introduced locally and is already in shops.

The new colour-coded system indicates levels of salt, saturated fat, fat or sugars.
The new colour-coded system indicates levels of salt, saturated fat, fat or sugars.

TRAFFIC light food labelling is now being introduced locally and is already in shops.

This comes after a public consultation that took place last year.

The new system includes colour coding and information on the quantity of sugar, salt, fat and calories.

The Health Promotion Unit said the traffic light labelling system is designed to indicate high (red), medium (amber) and low (green) levels of salt, saturated fat, fat or sugars and was intended to provide the consumer with simple visual indications of the nutritional composition of a product.

However, it is voluntary to adopt the format.

Comments for: "Shops get traffic light food labelling"

Woody

What I find funny is how they never list the full nutritional info of the food, they just manipulate the figures by splitting it into 'portions'.

For example, if someone buys a 500ml bottle of drink for lunch, it's most likely they are going to drink the whole thing for lunch, so why do companies always put the nutrients at "per 200ml servings"

Ed

So that you can make an informed choice; if the person is wise, they will drink half the bottle if the drink has a high sugar content.

Anyway, I don't think this strategy will be particularly effective. It's all about self-discipline.

Martino

Naive boy. Woody is right. If I buy a pizza I am going to eat the whole thing but I have to get my calculator out to work out the sodium content and then their misleading lights change from green to orange and orange to red in an instant!

Davis

If you're worried about Sodium content, you shouldn't be eating Pizza in the first place.

Come to think of it, nobody should have to check the back of food packaging to know if they're ok to eat it.

Provided you're getting enough exercise and using discretion when choosing portion sizes, you should be fine eating anything off the shelf without fear.

guern abroad

Whilst that approach may maintain a reasonable weight your arteries will be on their way to being pretty shot.

Ed

I am inclined to agree, Davis.

Kate

They provide values for a standard amount of a product (e.g. 100g or 200ml) on products so you can directly compare the nutritional values of different products across the same standard amount.

Martino

I suspect the truth is that most of us only read the headlines - ie go by the traffic light colours - when we look at a processed pizza we are about to buy. That is why these things are so misleading. Most people haven't the time to look at the small print. As a consumer I would far rather the traffic lights signal the entire fat/sugar/salt content of any given product rather than a percentage of it.

Beanjar

Hang on a mo, isn't that a naked pepperoni on the front cover of that co-op pizza box? What will do me more harm - taking a quick squizz at a semi-clothed model or scoffing the heart clogging, fat laden pizza? People need protecting from these vile images, why aren't they in plain brown boxes?

Ed

Have you ever heard of moderation ? I am sure a "heart-clogging" pizza from time to time will not have detrimental effect on one's health. The problem is that publicising facts about the content of different foods provides fodder to the health freaks whose belief in 'bad food' dominates their thinking.

Martino

I think you're right there Ed. That's how I operate. A little bit of what you fancy from time time doesn't do you any harm. That's why I want the pizza producers to be honest with their labeling and put all the red lights out to signify the total content rather than trying to mislead me by putting greens and yellows to signify a quarter portion. Then, when I've eaten it all, I'll know not to scoff another one for quite a while!