Following a multimillion-pound lobbying campaign by food manufacturers, 400 MEPs voted to block the EU from adopting the UK Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) labelling system, which uses red, amber and green symbols to indicate levels of salt, fat and other nutrients.
Researchers have found the traffic light system to be the simplest way for consumers to make healthier choice and it is already in place in certain major supermarkets including Sainsbury’s.
It is thought that a scheme known as Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA), will be introduced instead. The guidelines express nutritional content as a percentage of recommended daily intake and is already used by Tesco, Morrisons, Kellogg’s and Nestle.
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