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Call to develop framework for environmental labelling on food packaging

06 April 2023

Tetra Pak has published a report – supported by a group of industry experts – which appeals to the Government to develop a framework for environmental labelling on food to support consumer choices.

The group is calling on the Government to promote a better understanding of the impact food systems have on the environment, and meeting net zero goals – which the Government’s current Food Strategy doesn’t address 
The Government’s Food Strategy, published in 2022, recognises the need to reduce the environmental impact of the food system, but does not consider how to address consumer engagement and behaviour in order to achieve the UK’s broader climate goals. According to research conducted by Tetra Pak, half of consumers will take into account a brand’s decarbonisation efforts or sustainability credentials when making a purchase.
The expert group highlighted the value of existing nutritional labelling on food which informs consumer choices and argues that consumers have a right to the same level of information regarding the environmental impact of their food, so they can make more sustainable choices. 

The report states that “to drive meaningful long-term change, consumers must be able to compare labels across products”, meaning environmental labelling on food packaging should be standardised to reduce consumer confusion and maximise engagement. 
Once developed, the group calls for any such labelling to be made mandatory. The recommendation is one of many in the report, which also examines how to drive a UK circular economy and how food waste and loss can be reduced.   

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