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UAE to roll out color-coded labels on food products

The Unite Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet has approved a nationwide policy implementing color-coded labels on food products based on its nutritional value.

The food labels are expected to contain information on fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt contents. The labels will be in three colors.

Red means that these are the food you should avoid consuming frequently. Amber means you consume the food moderately. Green means the food is a healthier choice.

The implementation of food labels is not mandatory for now but authorities are aiming for full implementation by January 2022.

The move aims to reduce unhealthy food consumption by 30 percent.

“Achieving these objectives will reduce diet-related diseases and health issues which cost more than Dh55 million yearly,” Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi, Minister of State for Food Security said.

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