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What must go on a food label, and how should it look? Debate is heating up on the new EU regulation, with stakeholders airing views on the merits of guidance daily amounts and traffic light labels, and just what size font should be used for mandatory information.

Another green light for traffic light nutrition labels?

A ‘traffic light’ labelling system improves consumer awareness of health and healthy choices at the point of purchase, according to an American study which adds further research to an issue...

Dietary advice should be no different for those with diabetes, study finds

Dietary guidelines for those with diabetes should be the same as those for the general population – although the benefits of following a healthy diet are greater for diabetics, claim...

New Nordic dietary guidelines emphasise whole diet quality

New Nordic dietary recommendations focus on whole diet quality, rather than individual nutrients, with some key changes that could make a difference to how foods qualify for healthy choice logos.

Portion size science: There is still a lot we do not know, says review

Simply reducing portion sizes is not an easy solution to reducing energy intakes as results from laboratory based experiments do not necessarily reflect what happens in the real world, according...

EU passes generic descriptors law: Clearing up confusion or compromising commercial freedom?

The European Commission has passed a law meaning generic descriptors for food and beverage products which could be construed as health claims will only be allowed if they have been...

Nordic nations up vitamin D and selenium intakes after 8-year review

A 3-year review of Nordic nutrient intakes has recommended daily vitamin D inputs increase from 7.5 microgram to 10 mcg per day for people between 2 and 75 years of...

European Parliament rejects carbohydrate health claim

The European Parliament has vetoed a health claim linking carbohydrate consumption to normal brain function after objections that it could promote sugar consumption.

Love for organic, or hate of conventional: What drives consumer choice?

As consumer demand for local and organic products grow, new research asks whether it a love for these characteristics or a hate for 'conventional' food is driving purchases.

Industry and retail unite to clarify ‘complex’ labelling law

FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) has teamed up with European retail association EuroCommerce to provide clarity on new EU labelling laws set for the end of next year.

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Campden BRI issues allergen guidance

Campden BRI is helping food and drink manufacturers assess the risk of allergen contamination to their products.

Shock tactics could help tackle obesity, says Kantar

Governments should consider shocking people into changing their dietary habits, using similar tactics as those used to discourage smoking, according to Kantar.

Campaign to clarify new hybrid label

The government is planning a public education campaign to help consumers understand the new hybrid front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling scheme the Department of Health (DH) recently launched to stem rising...

Front-of-pack nutrition labels have little impact on consumer choice: Study

Front-of-pack nutritional information, in any format, has a very limited impact on the way consumers choose products in a retail setting, according to new data.

EC launches study to assess impact of proposed milk origin labelling

The European Commission (EC) has issued a call for tenders for a study on the impact of proposed legislation that would make origin labelling on milk and milk used as...

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Missed Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013? Listen again free, on-demand

Is it a safer bet to say 'Made with natural ingredients' than 'All-natural' on pack? Are consumers in the UK and the US looking for different cues on a label...

Only EU regulation can ensure traffic light compliance, says MEP

Traffic light labelling should be rolled out across Europe, according to British MEP Glenis Willmott, following the UK’s introduction of a hybrid labelling system that includes GDAs (guideline daily amounts)...

‘Perfect storm of science’ for low-GI fruit ingredients, says Taura chief

A new EU-approved health claim for fructose-containing foods and scientific backing of glycaemic index (GI) information on food packaging are the latest signs of a perfect storm of science around...

European trade organisations ‘deeply concerned’ by UK traffic light labelling

The Italian food industry has said it is deeply concerned by the UK government’s  decision to recommend traffic light colour coding as part of its front-of-pack nutrition labelling programme, saying...

New food labelling welcomed by manufacturers but not all sign

Most food and drink manufacturers have welcomed the launch of a new front-of-pack, voluntary food labelling system by the Department of Health (DH) today (June 19). But some big firms...

UK’s traffic light labels ‘could fragment the EU internal market’

The UK’s adoption of a voluntary hybrid labelling scheme that combines guideline daily amounts (GDAs) and traffic light colour coding could lead to a proliferation of national schemes and fragment...

Combined traffic light and GDA labelling may improve teens’ food choices: Study

Adolescents may choose healthier foods when they carry traffic-light-style information, rather than guideline daily amounts (GDAs) alone, suggests a new study.

Scientists urge inclusion of glycaemic index on food labels

The quality of carbohydrates in foods as measured by their glycaemic index (GI) should be included in national dietary guidelines and on food labels, according to a group of leading...

The low fat 'healthy halo': Fat labelling more powerful than calorie information in consumers' minds

When it comes to judging the health value of foods, a low fat label may be more powerful than caloric information, according to new research.

Dietary advice on added sugars needs ‘emergency surgery’: BMJ commentary

The food industry has manipulated dietary advice on added sugars for profit – and the advice itself is in urgent need of an overhaul, asserts a new commentary published in...

UK children’s foods often higher in fat and sugar, study finds

A significant number of foods marketed to children in the UK are higher in fat and sugar than foods marketed to adults, suggests new research published in Public Health Nutrition....

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