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Color-Coded Food Labels Urged in U.K.

According to a U.K. parliamentary panel report, the U.K. should require that foods be labeled red, amber or green depending on calories and nutrient content to help slow Europe's fastest increase in obesity. They also said the food industry should be given three years to end practices such as targeting foods high in fat, sugar and salt at children. As is the case in the United States, obesity has surged almost fivefold in the past 25 years in England, and three-quarters of the adult population are either overweight or obese. They say the labels are necessary to address obesity at the highest levels and, if the current trend continues they say "amputees will become much more familiar in the streets of Britain ... by 2020, half of all children will be obese ... the first generation where children die before their parents." May 27, 2004

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