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1 .I've still got loads to do for our report on nutritional food labels.
1 .Me too.
2 .What did you learn from doing the project about your own shopping habits?
1 .Well, I've always had to check labels for traces of peanuts in everything I eat because of my allergy.
2 .But beyond that I've never really been concerned enough to check how healthy a product is.
1 .This project has actually taught me to read the labels much more carefully.
2 .I tended to believe claims on packaging like 'low in fat'.
3 .But l now realise that the 'healthy' yoghurt I've bought for years is full of sugar and that it's actually quite high in calories.
1 .Ready meals are the worst...
2 .comparing the labels on supermarket pizzas was a real eye-opener.
3 .Did you have any idea how many calories they contain?
4 .I was amazed.
1 .Yes, because unless you read the label really carefully,
2 .you wouldn't know that the nutritional values given are for half a pizza.
1 .When most people eat the whole pizza.
2 .Not exactly transparent is it?
1 .Not at all.
2 .But I expect it won't stop you from buying pizza?
1 .Probably not, no!
2 .I thought comparing the different labelling systems used by food manufacturers was interesting.
3 .I think the kind of labelling system used makes a big difference.
1 .Which one did you prefer?
1 .I liked the traditional daily value system best
2 .— the one which tells you what proportion of your required daily intake of each ingredient the product contains.
3 .I'm not sure it's the easiest for people to use but at least you get the full story.
4 .I like to know all the ingredients in a product
5 .- not just how much fat, salt and sugar they contain.
1 .But it's good supermarkets have been making an effort to provide reliable information for customers.
2 .There just needs to be more consistency between labelling systems used by different supermarkets, in terms of portion sizes, etc.
2 .The labels on the different brands of chicken flavour crisps were quite revealing too, weren't they?
2 .I don't understand how they can get away with calling them chicken flavour when they only contain artificial additives.
1 .I know.
2 .I'd at least have expected them to contain a small percentage of real chicken.
1 .I think having nutritional food labeling has been a good idea, don't you?
2 .I think it will change people's behaviour and stop mothers, in particular, buying the wrong things.
1 .But didn't that study kind of prove the opposite?
2 .People didn't necessarily stop buying unhealthy products.
1 .They only said that might be the case.
2 .Those findings weren't that conclusive and it was quite a small-scale study.
3 .I think more research has to be done.
1 .Yes, I think you're probably right.
1 .What do you think of the traffic-light system?
1 .I think supermarkets like the idea of having a colour-coded system - red, orange or green - for levels of fat, sugar and salt in a product.
1 .But it's not been adopted universally.
2 .And not on all products.
3 .Why do you suppose that is?
1 .Pressure from the food manufacturers.
2 .Hardly surprising that some of them are opposed to flagging up how unhealthy their products are.
1 .I'd have thought it would have been compulsory.
2 .It seems ridiculous it isn't.
1 .I know.
2 .And what l couldn't get over is the fact that it was brought in without enough consultation
3 .— a lot of experts had deep reservations about it.
1 .That is a bit weird.
2 .I suppose there's an argument for doing the research now when consumers are familiar with this system.
1 .Yeah, maybe.
1 .The participants in the survey were quite positive about the traffic-light system.
2 .But I don't think they targeted the right people.
3 .They should have focused on people with low literacy levels
4 .because these labels are designed to be accessible to them.
2 .But it's good to get feedback from all socio-economic groups.
3 .And there wasn't much variation in their responses.
2 .But if they hadn't interviewed participants face-to-face,
3 .they could have used a much bigger sample size.
4 .I wonder why they chose that method?
2 .How were they selected?
3 .Did they volunteer or were they approached?
1 .I think they volunteered.
2 .The thing that wasn't stated was how often they bought packaged food
3 .- all we know is how frequently they used the supermarket.