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Food: Packaging

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 143701, tabled on 21 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to hold discussions with representatives of manufacturers to encourage wider use of technologies like NaviLens to help make packaging more accessible to people with sight impairments.

Answered on

24 March 2022

The availability and accessibility of essential food information to all consumers is vitally important. It is already a requirement that food information must be easily visible and clearly legible. Information shall not in any way be obscured and depending on the package size, there is a minimum font size.

That said, we welcome work by industry, especially companies developing new digital technologies like NaviLens with the potential to provide the means for people with visual impairment to access food information. As part of the upcoming Food Strategy White Paper, we will look at optimising food information, including labelling, so all consumers, are better able to make informed choices.

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