We need Food Upfront

Whether you’re trying to manage your diabetes or just eat healthily, clear food labelling makes it so much easier.

But right now labelling in restaurants, cafes and takeaways is often needlessly confusing. Can you join the call for clear, compulsory and consistent labelling across the UK?

But the fight for better food labelling is just getting started. Together, we need to keep pushing politicians and the food industry to make it clear what's in our food.

After you sign up, we'll send you details on what you can do right now to help win the changes we all need.

What we want

We want compulsory, clear and consistent:

  • Front-of-pack traffic light labelling on all pre-packaged foods sold in the UK.
  • Calorie labelling in key restaurants, cafes and takeaways, with carbohydrate content available online or when requested in store.
  • Carbohydrate content labelling on products per portion or per individual unit as prepared.


What is the evidence? 

There’s a lot of evidence showing food labelling is really important: 

  • The Food Standards Agency found that labelling using colour-coding and the words ‘high’, ‘medium’ and ‘low’ helps shoppers quickly understand what’s in the food and compare different products so they make a decision about what they want.
  • We heard through the Future of Diabetes survey that people with diabetes want more information about the food they eat.
  • Almost three quarters of you said that all companies using the same food labelling system on the packaged foods would help make decisions easier.
  • Currently, front of pack traffic light labelling and calorie labelling is not mandatory. Companies can do what they want and one in three products in shops do not have clear traffic light labels. Only a few retailers provide full nutritional information to their customers.
  • Public surveys reveal that only three in ten people feel they have enough information about what's in their food.

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