Scots politicians, Ian Hudghton MEP and Dennis Robertson MSP, have today welcomed a European Parliament initiative which, if ultimately successful, would greatly assist blind and visually impaired shoppers.

The parliamentarians were commenting on a European Parliament Written Declaration calling for Braille and other alternative labelling to be used on packaging for food and other products. Should the Declaration achieve its objectives the proposal would make shopping for Scotland's 180,000 blind and visually impaired people an easier, safer and more enjoyable experience.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, after adding his signature to the Declaration, Ian Hudghton commented:

"I'm hugely supportive of providing consumers with good, accurate information on products they buy. This initiative will, if ultimately successful, extend that provision of information to a wider range of consumers and I am happy to give it my full support."

In Holyrood, where he is the first blind person to be elected as an MSP, Dennis Robertson, the MSP for Aberdeenshire West, said:

"The ability to access information on products without having to resort to assistance from other people will be welcomed by blind and visually impaired people. I am sure that Members of Parliament and the voluntary sector will join Ian and I in promoting this initiative to ensure that this excellent idea moves forward."

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