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Traffic light labels will help in food choices

- By Wits University

Professor Karen Hofman, Aviva Tugendhaft and Jessie Mandell elaborates on the importance of correct and traffic light labelling on food items, in the piece published in Business Day on Thursday, 26 February 2015.

"Easy-to-use labelling can help consumers with chronic conditions such as diabetes, but, more importantly it will contribute to preventing obesity and diet related disease. It will also protect children from junk food marketing by making healthy food choices easier for parents," they say. Read the opinion piece

This follows a research paper which was published last month in Global Health Action on the same topic, titled Nutrition labelling: a review of research on consumer and industry response in the global South. The paper focused on identifying peer-reviewed research on consumers’ usage and attitudes towards the nutrition label and the food industry’s response to labelling regulations outside Europe, North America, and Australia and to determine knowledge gaps for future research.