The food industry has awaited Part Two of the National Food Strategy with baited breath for months. Now that it is finally here, what does it mean for manufacturers?
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Following the Queen’s Speech, New Food’s Editor takes a deep dive into the possible consequences of the new, pending “junk food” advertising and calorie-labelling rules, which aim to tackle the UK obesity crisis.
Action on Salt has issued a warning over the salt levels in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks and has urged the UK Government to name a successor to Public Health England to lead the salt reduction campaign.
The BMJ has weighed-in on self-regulation of the food industry, which it claims is failing to deliver on targets to make food more nutritious.
Ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to address obesity in the UK, charities and researchers have called for the childhood obesity prevention plan to include all recommendations set out in an evidence-based package - including advertising restrictions.
The Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment has published a report calling on the Government to "end years of inaction" and ensure that a healthy, sustainable diet is truly accessible for everyone.
After complaints about brands advertising unhealthy foods to children during a YouTube exercise video, Action on Salt and Sugar and Children’s Food Campaign have called on all food and beverage companies to refrain from advertising any food or drink high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) before 9pm.
The campaign groups claimed that some food companies, including big brands, have been capitalising on the government’s ‘stay home’ message by heavily promoting unhealthy food, sometimes to the "most vulnerable members of society."
Mhairi Brown, Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator for Action on Salt and Action on Sugar, outlines Action on Salt's response to Public Health England's proposed (and fifth wave) 2023 salt reduction targets.
Action on Salt has welcomed the UK governments renewed commitment to salt reduction, but has proposed the targets could go further to better protect public health.
During Salt Awareness Week, Action on Salt has revealed the ‘reality’ of many ‘healthy sounding’ plant-based and vegan meals in the UK, suggesting that high salt content often hides behind 'healthy labels.'