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Introduction

We know Front of Pack Nutrition Labels (FOPNL) are important to support healthier food and drink choices.

Since 2013, the UK Government and Devolved Administrations have recommended a voluntary ‘traffic light’ FOPNL scheme, which has proven to be popular with both the food and drink industry and shoppers. However, we want to ensure that the scheme that the UK Government and Devolved Administration recommends, continues to be the most helpful when deciding on food and drink purchases.

While the UK was an EU member state, the European Food Information to Consumers Regulation 2011/1169 (EU FIC) established the criteria for the use and form of FOPNL the UK can use and how we can enforce it. However, on 31 December 2020 the transition period will end. After this, the UK Government and Devolved Administrations will seek to build on the success of FOPNL in the UK to improve the current scheme. This consultation will therefore ensure that we are in the best position to act quickly to continue to support shoppers to understand what is in the food they are buying.

At this stage, we are not proposing any changes to legislation or policy governing FOPNL in the UK. Instead, we want your views and evidence on the following:

To help you answer the questions, it will be helpful for you to read the FOPNL consultation document.

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