UK govt to come up with new voluntary front of-pack nutrition labeling scheme
The government of UK has said that it will come up with new voluntary front of-pack nutrition labeling scheme by next summer to standardize labels across food manufacturers and retailers.
After a 3-month consultation with industry and other partners, the new labels will display the guideline daily amounts in association with colour coding and text to indicate high, medium or low amounts of fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt as well as how many calories the product has.
Anna Soubry, Public Health Minister said, “The UK already has large number of with front of pack labels in Europe but research has shown that consumers get confused by the wide variety of labels used. By having a consistent system we will be able to at a glance what is in our food. This will help us all choose healthier options and control our calorie intake.”
The UK government will be working with the industry to ensure consistent labeling, although the details of how the new scheme will look are not yet available.
The announcement was welcomed by The British Dietetic Association. Helen Davidson, BDA Chairman said, “The British Dietetic Association wants consumers to have access to clear, consistent, at glance information to help them to make informed choices about the food they buy and eat. Consumers need a quick understanding of the relative healthiness of the product. This is a significant step forward.”
As per a recent survey from market research company Canadean, nearly three quarters of UK consumers, 73% support a universal labeling system; while 32% say they prefer to buy foods that carry a traffic light label.
All over Europe, 48% of packaged food products have nutrition information front-of-pack, according to Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life, compared to about 80% in the UK.
According to FLABEL, GDAs and nutrition claims are the most common forms of front-of-pack nutrition information, both present on about a quarter of European foods.
Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."