In a statement, Sheila Mitchell, the director of marketing for Public Health
It is believed the decision was made following consumer research that showed the public would have little trust in the labels. It is thought the Change4Life kitemarks would clash with the current labelling scheme placed on the front of food packaging, which is designed to be universally recognised.
In April this year, Mitchell told Marketing that Public Health England was looking at "what the right kind of kitemark would be that could add value to manufacturers and service providers and retailers," but that the first deliverable for kitemarks would need to be "put through consumer research".
The decision represents the latest u-turn from the body over Change4Life branding on food products, which was first mooted in 2011.
At the time, supermarkets and food brands were given the green light to exploit the Change4Life branding through in-store marketing, after the government decided to relax its guidance. The plans were later scrapped.