Food Labelling Scam                                          

What to look out for in the Supermarket to spot a food labelling scam

When shopping please be careful when buying specific products. Many products are advertised and packaged to encourage the consumer to buy the product. Thousands of food manufacturers could be breaking the law by illegally labelling food. It is something that the government must deal with to look after the people and to save money in the long run. If we are eating foods that we thought were healthy, but evidently they are not. These companies must be fined immediately. Have a read through the list below and see if you recognise any of the examples.

Here are a few examples:

  • A product claiming to be low in fat can still be high in sugar (and salt).
  • If a product states it is 95% fat free – this means it contains 5% fat.
  • If a product states it is 95% fat free this means that 5g out of every 100g are fat – but how many grams are in the packet?
  • Low fat means a product contains 3g of fat or less per serving, and 30% or less of total calories.
  • Reduced fat means that the product must have less fat that the full fat alternative. This does not mean that the reduced fat version is low fat. Take a package of reduced fat cakes, for example. If the original fat content per cake was 20g, and the fat has been reduced to 15g, it is still five times higher than the 3g per serving that officially qualifies as low fat.

The above example applies to salt also with products such as crisps and peanuts and many others.

For more information on packaging and labelling, please visit the Food Standards Agency.

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