‘Traffic light’ food labelling idea is praised

PUBLIC health groups have praised fresh proposals for a front of packaging ‘traffic light’ food labelling system designed to help consumers make more informed choices about the food they purchase and consume.

The Healthy Eating System, proposed by food company Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing, would give a rating on the positive aspects of a particular food product, such as the proportion of protein, fibre and wholefood such as fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. 

The traffic light style system, similar to one already in use in the UK, would also rate nutrients associated with chronic disease – namely saturated fat, sodium, total and added sugar  – with accompanying advice on how often each food should be eaten.

Similar proposals have previously been considered by Food Standards Australia New Zealand following lobbying from groups such as the Public Health Association of Australia and Obesity Policy