Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a global concern. Accounting for 71% of deaths globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) lists poor diet as a major risk factor directly or indirectly associated with their prevalence.
Amongst initiatives proposed to improve public health, food labels come up time and time again. From nutrition labelling schemes – such as Nutri-Score or traffic light labels – to nutrition and health claims, food labels are commonplace in developed countries.
In developing countries, however, such labels can be less prevalent.
In South Africa, for example, some labelling is mandatory: food products must legally carry an ingredient list,