Shellfish Get 'Green Light' in U.K.


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 3, 2008

The Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) yesterday announced it produced a healthy eating "Traffic Lights" system for 10 of the country's popular shellfish.

The system uses red, amber and green colors to show whether the food has high, medium or low amounts of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt. Supermarkets and food manufacturers have already started using the indicators on packaging.

Each of the shellfish examined has green lights for fat, saturated fat and sugar content.

The SAGB, with the backing of the industry group Seafish, also produced and distributed posters of the traffic lights to nearly 700 fishmongers across the U.K.

"Shellfish should form an essential part of any healthy diet. As well as being very low in fat, they provide protein, vitamins and minerals and are a wonderful source of the omega-3 fatty acids," says Dr. Tom Pickerell, SAGB shellfish development manager. "You cannot fail to be impressed by the abundance of green 'lights' on the poster. The traffic lights should prove to be a fantastic tool in increasing the sustainable consumption of shellfish in the U.K."

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