Which? response to introduction of European food labelling regulations

Commenting on DEFRA’s announcement that European food labelling regulations would be introduced in the UK, Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said:

“Which? has been campaigning for improved labelling for many years and fought hard to ensure these new EU rules will help people make more informed choices when they buy their food. From 2014 shoppers will start to see improvements to food labels, including mandatory nutrition labelling, a clearer explanation of the food’s place of origin and more detailed ingredient lists. However, the new law falls short of requiring traffic light nutrition labelling across the board so we want to see the Government’s recent agreement with retailers on this turned into action, and fast. It’s now essential that manufacturers also start updating their labelling as soon as possible.”