Following the UK’s ‘traffic light’ system, France has opted for its own food score system. The ‘Nutri score’ gives a rating to any food (except single-ingredient foods and water) going from a dark green A (best) to a red E (worst), by weighing the prevalence of bad and good nutrients.
The initiative seeks to give consumers comprehensible information so that nutritional values are taken into account as much as price or taste when food shopping, ministers announced.
The rate of obesity in France (17% among adults) is also a sign of social inequality (24% of children whose parents did not finish high school are overweight or obese, compared to 9% of children of parents with a university degree).
According to the OECD, colour-coded labelling schemes can reduce caloric intake by 4% and nudge 18% of people to pick a healthier option.