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UAE Cabinet approves mandatory food labelling policy to encourage healthier eating

Traffic light system will warn consumers about unhealthy food choices

A nutrition labelling policy offering consumers more information about the foods they eat has been approved by the UAE Cabinet.

It is the latest initiative to emerge from the Community Design for Wellbeing Initiative launched by the National Program for Happiness and Well-being in April 2019.

The policy aims to improve public health and raise community awareness by encouraging people to adopt a healthy lifestyle with the food choices they make.

Implementation will involve a soft roll-out before it becomes compulsory in January 2022.

The food labelling initiative is part of a series of new directives announced by the UAE Cabinet last month.

Labelling policy on foods will adopt a traffic light system for healthy and less healthy foods based on their ingredients and nutritional content.


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