Major Supermarkets Adopt Traffic Light Labels for Foods
Food labels are an especially hot topic for discussion lately. With obesity rates growing across the globe and the often-confusing nature of traditional nutritional labels, many have called for a revamped labeling process.
Those calls have been realized after the largest supermarkets in the United Kingdom have agreed to display a new color-coded system after some popular firms like Tesco relented and folded under the pressure to conform to the new standards.
Green, Yellow and Red Used to Label Daily Amounts
The new label initiative is similar to the one introduced in a recent New York Times op-ed piece by health advocate Mark Bittman. The labels will feature traffic light colors to help alleviate consumer confusion and help people make healthier decisions.
The colors will be coordinated with guideline daily amounts, with green, yellow and red labels signifying "low," "medium" and "high" daily amounts, respectively, of fats, salt, sugars and calories.
However, while the labeling proposal was designed to help promote a standardization to aid consumers, there are still issues with implementation.
"The main thing that you notice at the moment is that labels are different for each different supplier," Nicole Berberian, food nutritionist, told Sky News. "They could be on the front, they could be on the side, they could be color coded, they could be randomly color coded, so it's very difficult to know what to look for."