It’s green for lean as ‘traffic-lights’  cut down obesity

THE Spanish Government has announced a raft of measures to tackle the nation’s obesity problem, including a change in the way food is labelled.

And it will be following in the footsteps of other European countries by adopting the Nutri-Score traffic-light, food-labelling system.

Maria Luisa Carcedo, Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, announced the news last Monday.

She also introduced other new initiatives, designed to promote good nutrition and physical activity, along with preventing obesity.

These include measures, for schools and institutes, to prevent the sale of foods and beverages with a high content of sugar, saturated and trans-fatty acids, salt and calories.

And the advertising of unhealthy foods aimed at under-15s will be limited, through the self-regulation of advertising. Ms Carcedo said the Nutri-Score system “will provide citizens with more accurate information on nutritional quality”, adding: “This information will allow citizens to compare with other similar products easily, and make an informed and motivated decision to follow a healthier diet.”

Last February, the Spanish Government, and the country’s food industry, announced plans to cut the content of sugar, salt and fat in more than 3,500 food and drink products over the next three years.

The industry said it would cut the ratios of those ingredients by around 10%, having received the voluntary commitment of more than 500 companies.

But the Spanish authorities have not said when they expect the Nutri-Score scheme to be introduced, or whether it will be mandatory or voluntary.

The system was established in France earlier this year, and will also be displayed in Belgium and Portugal.

In September, Spain-based grocer Eroski announced proposals for its suppliers of own-label products to use the Nutri-Score nutrition labels placed on packs by some manufacturers and retailers in France and Belgium.

If the plan is endorsed by the co-operative retailer’s suppliers, the first products using the labels will go on sale before the end of the year, said Eroski.

The Nutri-Score code comprises a graph, with gradual colouring from green to red in five levels, in the style of a traffic light. The green colours identify the healthiest foods, while the reds are those of lower nutritional quality.



Each product will highlight the colour that corresponds to it, based on its content of sugars, saturated fats, salt, calories, fibre and proteins.

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