HFSS and food analysis

With new legislation around products high in fat, sugar and salt looming over the UK, Antony Bagshaw from One Scientific offers clarity over the kinds of analytical detail you may require from your testing lab going forward.

HFSS is an acronym that stands for foods that are high in fat, salt and/or sugar, and will become increasingly important to both food producers and food retailers over the coming 12 months.

Legislation comes into force in April 2022 that places significant restrictions on the selling and advertising of food products that are considered to be HFSS. From a public health perspective, the benefits of reducing the levels of fat, salt and sugar in the national diet is undeniable, despite government interventions in such matters being very rare. One possible outcome may be an increase in the development of non-HFSS impulse category food products. New product development of this kind often involves elevated levels of laboratory testing.