Front of Pack Nutrition Labelling

Closed 6 Aug 2012

Opened 14 May 2012

Overview

The Governments across the UK are committed to the provision of nutritional information to help consumers make better informed food choices - and so to help them improve their health, guard against risks such as obesity and conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. 

 

This consultation formally opens discussions with our key partners over how we can achieve this through Front of Pack (FoP) nutrition labelling: -

 

  • in the light of the Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 (the 'FIR' - see below), and consistent with the framework of rules and requirements it sets out;
  • in a way which maintains and extends its use across the widest range of food and drink products;
  • consistently, given the evidence that this is the single most important factor in helping drive recognition and use;
  • taking account of the evidence of what form of presentation consumers find most useful and enables them to make healthier choices.

Why We Are Consulting

The new European Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers (EU 1169/2011) (the 'FIR') allows for the continuation of FoP labelling in a similar way to that already introduced in the UK.  We acknowledge the efforts of companies across the food and drink industry to make such information available on a voluntary basis.  However, we also recognise that this has led to the spread of different approaches inlcuding:  

 

  • different forms of presentation;
  • different nutrients covered;
  • different basis for colour coding and/or High/Medium/Low text, where these are used.

This consultation calls upon industry and other partners to look beyond familiar positions on this issue and to give thier views on how we might might achieve the Governments of the UK's shared objectives to:     

  • maintain and extend the use of front of pack labelling across the widest possible range of food and drink products;
  • achieve the greatest possible consistency in the content and presentation of front of pack nutrition labelling, in a form which is clearest and most useful to consumers.

  

Our goal is to achieve real progress and this can only come through a wide-ranging agreement. We will review the position in the light of the consultation and discuss how we can best achieve what we are sure is a shared objective of providing the best possible information to consumers to help them make healthier choices. 

What Happens Next

Ministers across the UK will take the responses into account when agreeing on a way forward on front of pack nutrition labelling at the conclusion of this consultation.

Audiences

  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • Civil society
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • Directors of Public Health
  • Healthcare scientists
  • Dieticians
  • Regulatory body
  • Academic/ Professional institution
  • Higher Education institutions
  • Local authority
  • Members of the public
  • Retailers
  • Suppliers
  • Information providers
  • Businesses
  • Public Health Organisations

Interests

  • Nutrition
  • Health inequalities
  • Vascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Public health
  • Health protection
  • Health improvement
  • Well-being