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'The British Heart Foundation supports clear, consistent and mandatory labelling, which includes traffic light colours. In response to the Government's consultation on front of pack nutrition labelling, the BHF has come together with a number of other organisations dedicated to promoting public health, and are urging the Government to recommend a single, clear front-of-pack labelling scheme including traffic light colours to the UK food industry.
Independent research shows a combination of traffic light colours, Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) and the words 'high', 'medium' and 'low' is the best way to help consumers know what's in the food they're buying. It allows them to compare products easily, to make more informed choices at-a-glance, and helps them take greater personal responsibility for their food choices.
Currently around a fifth of adults in Wales and a quarter of adults in the rest of the UK are obese, and this is set to rise in the next 10 years. Being overweight or obese increases your risk factor of coronary heart disease and all cancers. Poor diets also contribute significantly to the onset of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Given the high levels of diet-related chronic diseases in the UK today - including heart disease - clear and consistent front of pack traffic light labelling on energy, fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt should be a priority.
It is vital that the Government's recommendations to the food industry reflect the overwhelming evidence in favour of a clear front-of-pack labelling scheme including traffic light colours.
For more information on BHF's our food labelling policy visit our Policy pages or contact our Public Affairs Officer, Rachel Earle, by email to email@example.com or on 0207 554 0154 to find out how you can help.'