Food rating app popular with public

THE popularity of a smart phone app that generates nutrition ratings for processed food shows strong public support for the ‘traffic lights’ concept, the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) says.

The OPC, a health promotion group that includes Cancer Council Victoria, said the Traffic Light Food Tracker app had been downloaded more than 70,000 times since its launch in September.

Users input figures for sugar, salt and fat per 100 g as listed on a product’s nutrition panel, and the app rates the results as red, amber or green.

“The food industry is understandably rattled by proposals to include traffic light labelling on packaged food,” the OPC’s senior policy adviser, Jane Martin, said.

“It’s not in their interest for consumers to be able to see through marketing spin and misleading nutrition claims,” she said.

But the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has criticised the