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“Traffic lights” will help consumers to make the right choice

“Traffic lights” will help consumers to make the right choice

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11/21/2017

The possibility of labeling food products with “traffic lights” was discussed at a session of the Council of heads of authorized authorities for sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in Moscow. Main state sanitary doctors of the Union States and the EEC Board Member - Minister in charge of technical regulation Valery Koreshkov supported Russia’s initiative on the establishment of common approaches to the use of color codes in marking to promote healthy eating habits.

Valery Koreshkov stressed that “the main instrument in this area is the technical regulations of the Union “Food products. Labeling.” It contains requirements for legends and wording applied on products, which should include the name, contents, amount of products, production date, expiry date, storage conditions and a number of other parameters that determine the nutritional value of the product.” The requirements are sufficient for a consumer to make the correct choice on their basis.

But in order to further facilitate the process of product identification for people, the Russian party suggested applying red, yellow, or green stripes on the packaging, which can be seen from far away. And preparing a relevant recommendation for the EAEU Member States. The colors will indicate the level of harmful substances in excessive quantities, for example fat, salt, sugar. A red stripe will mean high concentration of harmful ingredients, a yellow one - medium level, and a green one - low level and safe use. Looking into small font inscriptions will be unnecessary. And the use of such “traffic lights” in stores linked to the quantity of salt, sugar, and fat in the product will make such labeling particularly convenient for buyers.

The Council members decided to start working on the Commission's recommendation at the EEC site almost immediately, in November or December this year.

Moreover, the participants of the session discussed issues of training of health care and disease prevention experts in the Union countries. It was agreed to hold seminars to exchange experience in this field.