On 30 July 2020, the UK Government opened a public consultation on front-of-pack nutrition labels (FOPNL). Since 2013, the UK Government and the devolved administrations have recommended a voluntary ‘traffic light’ FOPNL scheme, which has proven to be popular with both the food and drink industry and shoppers.
While the UK was an EU member state, the European Food Information to Consumers Regulation 2011/1169 (EU FIC) established the criteria for the use and form of FOPNL. At this stage, there are no proposed changes to legislation or policy governing FOPNL in the UK once the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.
The consultation asks for views and evidence on:
• how the current recommended FOPNL scheme can be improved
• new international examples of FOPNL being adopted in other countries
• whether updated nutrition guidelines should be incorporated on any new FOPNL scheme
The consultation closes on 21 October 2020 and responses can be submitted online.
Source: UK Government, 30 July 2020