Which? calls on government to fix food labelling 'chaos'

It is not easy to eat healthily but doing so is being made even harder by "misleading" food labels, according to Which?.

The consumer group is calling on the government to fix the "chaos" of food labelling standards when the UK leaves the EU.

Which? says "traffic light" labelling - indicating that are foods high in salt, sugar or fat - should be mandatory.

Under EU rules it is only voluntary, so some manufacturers do not do so.

While many cereal makers have reduced sugar levels in their products in recent years, Which? said consumers were still being given a "bewildering range of information about nutrition and portion sizes".

It said sugar levels were still at "whopping" levels in some cereals, including Kellogg's Frosties and Crunchy Nut Cornflakes which contain 37g and 35g of sugar per 100g serving - the same as Burton's Wagon Wheels.

Nestle Oats and More Almond cereal contains 25g of sugar per 100g, or more than two teaspoons of sugar per recommended 40g portion, whilst the ingredients listed six separate forms of added sugar, including glucose syrup and honey.

NHS guidelines state that more than 22.5g per 100g is a high, or "red", level of added sugar.

For further guidance on healthy eating https://www.food.gov.uk/