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|Thursday, May 07, 2009||09:56|
(Drinks Media Wire) - Commenting on the publication of new research on front-of-pack nutrition labelling published today by the Food Standards Agency’s Project Management Panel, Julian Hunt, the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Director of Communications, said:
“We are busily digesting the findings of the research published today. We are pleased it appears to show that consumers understand the labelling on the front of products and find it valuable in helping them make better-informed food choices.
“As we have always said, the UK is leading the world on nutrition labelling and our voluntary approach – based on Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) – is driving the debate across Europe, where a new labelling regulation is being developed.
“This is only one research study that will need to be considered carefully by policy makers both here and in Brussels. Only today, for instance, the European Food Safety Authority published a report that backs the science underpinning GDAs. And last week, the first results of a major EU project on labelling were published – and clearly demonstrated that GDAs are the most widely used scheme across Europe.
“Labelling is only part of the answer to tackling society’s concerns about issues such as obesity: our members also continue their work on recipe changes, the developments of ‘better for you’ products and workplace wellbeing schemes designed to help people lead healthier lives.”
For more information, please contact Keren McCarron or Rebecca Wilhelm on 020 7420 7132/40.
Notes to Editors
1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk.
2. For more on the science and evidence to support GDA labelling, visit www.gdalabel.org.uk
|Name: Nicki Hunt|
|Company: Food and Drink Federation (FDF)|
|Address: 6 Catherine Street - WC2B 5JJ London|
|Country: UNITED KINGDOM|
|Phone: +44 (0)20 7420 7132|
|Fax: +44 (0)20 7836 0580|