Vote goes against traffic light colours on food
MEPs have disappointingly voted against
introducing a food labelling scheme
incorporating traffic light colours.
been campaigning for a single, front-of-pack
labelling scheme which incorporates traffic light
colours to show us all how much fat, salt or sugar
the food we are buying contains.
As things stand, food labels across the EU use
a confusing multitude of styles, figures and
markers to show nutritional content.
Independent research has shown that
clear and consistent labels, including the use of
traffic light colours, best give us the information we need as
consumers and would help us all make healthier
choices at a glance.
However, against all the evidence and
overwhelming support, MEPs have disappointingly voted
against the introduction of traffic light colours on front-of-pack
food labels across the European Union.
MEPs have voted for a scheme that only focuses
on Guideline Daily Amounts instead.
Our Chief Executive, Peter Hollins, said: “The
European Parliament should be ashamed of putting
the interests of the food lobby ahead of the health of the
people they represent.
“Thousands of people across the UK have
taken action to ask their MEPs to back traffic
lights because they want help to make healthy choices. But the food
industry has spent millions of pounds lobbying to
block this improvement in food labelling. David has been no match
for the industry’s Goliath.
“The European Council and Commission still
have the opportunity to give this critical scheme the green light
and we will continue to fight for the health of
ordinary people above the profits of the food