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LGA calls for traffic light nutrition labelling to become mandatory

19th September 2016

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the traffic light-inspired nutritional labelling system for food and drink to become a mandatory legal requirement.

Representing more than 370 local councils across the country, the organisation has urged the central government to broaden the scope of the voluntary traffic light scheme, which was introduced by the Department of Health in 2013.

Currently, these information guides are provided by two-thirds of products sold in the UK, giving consumers an at-a-glance look at the item's nutritional content, allowing them to make healthy choices more easily.

The LGA believes the system should now become a compulsory standard, as better labelling would help people to take more responsibility for their health, potentially reducing the occurrence of conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

This would be easier to achieve by adopting a single, standard and consistent system that consumers have already shown they are able to understand.

Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "The UK is leading the way with its traffic light scheme, which is already widely used, and provides clear, at-a-glance information. It is something many shoppers are familiar with and find helpful."

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