Published: 03/06/2004, Volume II4, No. 5908 Page 7

The government has delayed publication of the eagerly anticipated public health white paper until the autumn.

Health secretary John Reid's announcement that the Choosing Health consultation would also be extended to the end of June followed attacks on the government's public health policies.

He said the government recognised the report 'may stimulate further debate and in order to ensure everyone can have their say we are extending the consultation period until the end of June'.

Public health specialists across the NHS had previously said the consultation had been too rushed.

lTesco has announced it will introduce a food traffic-light labelling system on some products. It will label a number of its own items with red, amber and green symbols to highlight total fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar.