David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed today’s launch of a new, consistent, front of pack nutritional food label by the Public Health Minister Anna Soubry MP (19 June).
The “traffic light” system will combine red, amber, green colour-coding and nutritional information to show how much fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar, and calories are in food products. Research shows that people can be confused by the various nutrition labels used on food. The new system aims to make it easier for people to make healthier choices.
Mr Evennett said “Obesity is a real public health problem and is a leading cause of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. In Bexley, one in four reception age children are considered overweight or obese, and the figure rises to more than one in three by age 11.
“It is therefore important that we do all we can to encourage people to make healthier choices for both themselves and their children. I believe that this scheme, supported by major manufacturers and retailers, as it will help people to make informed choices about the food that they buy.”
Mr Evennett is pictured at a British Heart Foundation Parliamentary reception this afternoon with the Minister Anna Soubry MP.