Will Clear Food Labelling Reduce Obesity?

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This should be in place by summer 2013, but is voluntary, reports BBC News.

This has taken some time to organise. Different supermarkets have used their own labelling system and this has caused confusion.  Some retailers and manufactures have used "traffic-light" labelling, in which the least healthy foods are labelled red and the most healthy are in green, while others use guideline daily amounts - or GDAs - which give the percentage of recommended intake. Some use both.

Agreement between EU countries has proved elusive so the UK intends introducing this voluntary arrangement. Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said: "By having a consistent system we will all be able to see, at a glance, what is in our food. This will help us all choose healthier options and control our calorie intake".

It is hoped that this system will help people to choose healthy food options which will cut obesity and reduce the costs of obesity related health issues on the NHS. This all depends on whether the big retailers can balance profits with helping customers towards healthier diet options. I do hope that they can.

Patricia Wakeford

Solicitor - Clinical Negligence team

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