Revolutionary new food labelling system discovered?

31st October 2013 - Fine Cut

A company based in Scotland is currently developing a new food labelling system that warns consumers when items in their fridge are about to go off.

The revolutionary system, which was reported by STV News, measures the level of gases inside the packaging before changing the colours on traffic-light style stickers to inform individuals when their items may be passed their best.

As part of the process, researchers tested intelligent plastics that change colour to highlight when food is going off for several reasons - including that it has past its best before date, has not been refrigerated enough or has a broken seal.

The new system is aiming to improve food safety among families across the UK, while also reducing unnecessary food waste. Recent reports suggest an estimated 8.3 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten is wasted in the UK each year.

Plans to revolutionise food labels have also been given a great deal of media attention over the last few months, after it emerged consumers are increasingly likely to consult labels on the side of products than they were in recent years.

Some food manufacturing companies are opting to include more detailed information about the ingredients, calorific content and salt levels in their products in order to encourage individuals to make more informed decisions about the foods they consume.

However, many firms have argued that proposals put in front of the European Commission regarding country-of-origin labelling on food items are unfair, as people are less likely to eat particular delicacies - such as mozzarella cheese - if they know how unhealthy it is.

Clear labelling on food is of great importance to consumers around the world in the modern age, allowing them to monitor the best of date and amount of sugar, carbohydrates, fat, salt and calories they eat on a daily basis.

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