1. Source and scope of information: We extract all information relating to ingredients, nutritional information and allergies from the ‘back of pack’ (meaning the information that appears on the retail packaging of any goods). However:
1. We do not copy all the ‘back of pack’ information;
2. We do not display all categories of information (i.e. ‘Ingredients’, ‘Nutritional Information’ and ‘Allergies’) for all products; and we may display none, some or all of such information for different products;
3. We may specify ‘ingredients’ without specifying ‘allergy information’ – although in such a case we will make it clear that we do not yet have any ‘allergy information’.
4. In cases where we do specify ‘allergy information’, we do so only as specified on the ‘back of pack’; which in any event, only covers ‘major’ allergies (as specified by the FSA).
2. Traffic lights: We display traffic light information in conformance with the UK government’s Foods Standards Agency (FSA) guidance, subject to the following exception explained as below:
1. FSA guidance lists traffic lights as:
2. For the sake of display, comparison and user convenience, we do not use the “Red (High)” metrics related to portions; we use only the colours related to 100g portions. This allows us to make comparisons between different products. In other words, we don’t follow the FSA’s specifications to indicate traffic lights per portion, if the portion is over 250g because our research shows that it’s confusing for consumers to compare products in that manner.
3. Scope of traffic lights information:
1. We calculate the colour for the traffic lights based on the FSA guidelines (subject to 3 above). We base the calculations on the information available on the ‘back of pack’ from the manufacturer for ‘fat’, ‘saturated fat’, ‘sugar’ and ‘salt’ but our nutritional values table does not represent all the nutritional values of the product as specified on the “back of pack”.
2. We do not copy traffic lights colours from the manufacturer, even if that manufacturer has published them on the packet; we use our own calculations based on the information on the ‘back of pack’, as amended according to the policies in this Health Display Policy. We do this to achieve a uniform calculation method for all products.
4. Nutritional information: In the nutritional information we display, we use the following translation table for the sake of display, comparison and user convenience:
5. Scope of nutritional information:
1. We base the calculations that make up the traffic light colours (subject to 3 above) on the information available on the ‘back of pack’ from the manufacturer for ‘fat’, ‘saturated fats’, ‘sugar’ and ‘salt’. Our nutritional values table does not represent all the nutritional values of the product as specified on the ‘back of pack’.
2. When a manufacturer may have specified different nutritional values for a product, depending on different preparation conditions, we may ignore those different values or select one that we consider to be most appropriate for comparison with other products within the same (or an analogous) group (e.g. ‘noodles’ may be described as ‘prepared’).
6. Calories: We use all the terms ‘calories’, ‘cals’, ‘cal’, ‘kcals’, ‘kcal’ and ‘kilo calories’ all to mean ‘kilo calories’.