A new consistent food labelling system is to be rolled out across the industry.
The Department of Health announced today (October 24th) that an agreement has been reached between the government, retailers, manufacturers and other interested parties to introduce a scheme that will make it easier for people to make healthier food choices.
A combination of guideline daily amounts, colour coding and high/medium/low text will be displayed on the front of every package, which means consumers will be able to work out how much fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar is in produce.
Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said: "By having a consistent system we will all be able to see at a glance what is in our food. This will help us all choose healthier options and control our calorie intake."
It is hoped the move – which is expected to be in use by summer 2013 – will have an impact on the health of the UK, as making small dietary changes can prevent the development of serious illnesses in later life.