Benefits of a modified traffic light labelling system for food products / Christine Burggraf, Ina Volkhardt, Toni Meier
VerfasserBurggraf, Christine ; Volkhardt, Ina ; Meier, Toni
ErschienenHalle (Saale), Germany : Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), [2016]
Umfang1 Online-Ressource (6 Seiten, 0,12 MB)
SerieIAMO policy briefs ; issue no. 28 (October 2016)
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Benefits of a modified traffic light labelling system for food products [0.12 mb]
The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases type 2 diabetes mellitus and other diet-related chronic diseases is increasing worldwide due to the global rise in overweight and obesity. Numerous ways to communicate nutritional information to consumers can be considered to effectively improve eating habits thereby counteracting this development. Traffic light labels have been discussed in Germany as a possible tool to communicate easy-to-understand information about the nutritional value of food products. However the design of traffic light labels discussed to-date is aimed only at reducing the intake of fat saturated fatty acids sugar and salt. The aspect of consuming adequate amounts of vitamins minerals and dietary fibre has been neglected so far. Traffic light labelling including information on this aspect of a healthy diet would significantly improve the potential for promoting healthier diets.