LEGAL | Staff Reporter, UK

Public Health England report outlines key policies to reduce sugar consumption

A report by government advisory group Public Health England lists down policies that need to be taken to reduce the UK's consumption of sugar.

The eight recommendations include reducing the number of price promotions in retail outlets like supermarkets and restaurants; reducing opportunities to advertise food and drink high in sugar; redefining and reviewing the list of high-sugar foods; and introducing programmes for the gradual reduction of sugar in food and drink.

The report also recommends the introduction of a price increase of a minimum of 10% to 20% on high-sugar products through the use of a tax or levy; the adoption of the government buying standards for food and catering services (GBSF) across the public sector; ensuring that accredited training in diet and health is delivered to those who influence food choices in sectors such as fitness and catering; the continuation of awareness campaigns to bring concerns around sugar levels in the diet to the minds of the public.

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