Luke Graham MP urges Government to back Diabetes UK campaign for Food Labelling Change

Luke Graham, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, has again called on the UK Government to back the Diabetes UK ‘Food Up Front’ campaign, which calls for clearer food & drink packaging across the UK. During a debate on Diabetes in Westminster Hall Mr Graham reiterated his support for the campaign and called on the UK Health Minister, Steve Brine MP, to support the campaign.

The ‘Food Up Front’ campaign calls for a traffic light system on the front of food packaging to make the content and nutritional value of the food contained within the packaging clearer. For diabetics, the changes would help them manage their sugar and carbohydrate levels more effectively, as well as providing better information for a whole range of dietary and nutritional needs.

Previously, during questions to the DEFRA Secretary, Michael Gove, Luke Graham highlighted that food and drink labelling will be subject to a UK-wide framework after Brexit and called on the Government to join him in backing the campaign.

Mr Graham has also previously met with DEFRA Minister, David Rutley MP, to discuss the campaign with him, to encourage a joined-up approach across the two departments.

Speaking after the debate, Luke Graham MP commented:

“This is an on-going campaign which I have been supporting in Parliament for nearly a year now and have raised with a number of ministers and Cabinet Ministers in a number of departments in that time.

This is an important issue for the more than 23,000 diabetics who live in NHS Tayside and nearly 17,000 who live in NHS Forth Valley regions.

I will continue to lobby and campaign to see these changes be made so that diabetics in Ochil and South Perthshire and across the United Kingdom can be helped.’