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Clearer food labels plan.

THE new Food Standards Agency is to press for compulsory listing of all ingredients in food which could cause allergic reactions, as part of a move to make food labels clearer.

It wants far- reaching changes in European food labelling rules to provide clearer information for consumers, embracing everything from nutrition claims to genetically modified ingredients.

The agency also intends to work with industry on voluntary action to make food labels easier to understand and will develop a national code of guidance on the promotion of foods for children.

The action plan, agreed by the Food Standards Agency Board at its meeting in Belfast, follows nine months of consultation and consumer research.

The study found people were often misled by terms such as "low fat."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 22, 2000
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