A new front of pack food labelling system to help people check the healthiness of products is set to be introduced across all supermarkets by 2013, the Government has announced today.

Labels will include information on guideline daily amounts (GDAs), be colour coded with a traffic light system and use the words “high”, “medium” or “low” to inform people about how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories are inside.

This is a voluntary scheme, but Government has said it is confident that all supermarkets will adopt the new system.

The design of the new front of pack food label is yet to be designed.

The British Dietetic Association, founded in 1936, is the professional association for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals.

Speaking about today’s announcement, The British Dietetic Association Chairman, Helen Davidson, commented:

“The British Dietetic Association wants consumers to have access to clear, consistent, at glance information to help them to make informed choices about the food they

buy and eat. Consumers need a quick understanding of the relative healthiness of a product. We welcome today’s announcement by the Government about front of pack labelling. This is a significant step forward.”