SPECULATION that restaurants could be asked to adopt a traffic light food-labelling system is wide of the mark, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Reports in the Daily Telegraph claimed that the FSA was in talks with various restaurant and contract catering firms over adopting the colour-coded system used to advise consumers about the salt, sugar and fat content of food they buy in the supermarket.
While the FSA admits being in discussions with contract caterers, a spokeswoman confirmed the newspaper misunderstood the context of the talks.
“We are in talks with contract caterers about introducing healthier options and improving the food they offer in work places and canteens," she said.
“But we are definitely not talking to them about adopting the traffic lights scheme. The system has been specifically designed for the retail sector and that’s where it works best and there are no plans to introduce it to the food service industry."