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ESC supports traffic light food labeling vote
Date:6/16/2010

ational rules. This vote is then taken forward as a recommendation from the committee, to the plenary session, taking place 16 June 2010, where all MEPs have the opportunity to vote.

Failure to introduce the traffic lights system, says Perk, will widen the health differences that already exist between different socio economic classes in Europe. "The beauty of the traffic light approach is that people don't have to be highly educated or even literate to understand the information. It gives everyone equal opportunities to make informed choices about eating healthily," he says, adding that people can make these decisions where ever they are in Europe, regardless of whether they speak the local language.

One of the criticisms levelled against the traffic light system is that insufficient research has been undertaken to measure its effectiveness.

"That is nonsense," said ESC spokesperson Simon Capewell, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Liverpool (UK). "Extensive solid evidence exists showing that more people understand the simple traffic light system than other, more complicated schemes."

It is also sad, he added, that some companies have been lobbying MEPs to oppose traffic lights, and thus keep consumers ignorant about what is actually hidden in the packet. "In truth, millions of deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented if the industry halved the amount of salt, saturated fat and sugar hidden in our food. This is technically feasible, and has already been achieved in some countries."


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