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School anti-obesity programmes don’t work

School based programmes aimed at preventing obesity in children are “are unlikely to halt the childhood obesity epidemic”, according to research published by the BMJ this week. The findings could have serious implications for the government’s childhood obesity plan and the tax on sugar-sweetened drinks – the proceeds for which will be channelled to schools…
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New front-of-pack labelling guide

IGD has launched a new guide to help improve the consistency of information that food companies provide on nutritional labels. Almost one in two shoppers (46%) think front-of-pack labels are too difficult to read. However, 45% would like to learn more to help them make healthier food choices. The guide therefore contains simple messages and…
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New study to help promote veganism

The Vegan Society has commissioned research to explore what prevents people moving to animal-free diets. The Vegan Society believes that more than half of British adults now “adopt began buying behaviour”, according to a report in the Guardian. Supermarkets also reported significant increases in sales of vegan products in January as tens of thousands of…
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Sugary drinks sales banned in hospitals

Hospitals in England will not be able to sell any sugar-sweetened beverages under new rules published this month. A clause in the “standard contract” for hospitals bans the sale of the drinks from July this year, according to the campaign group Sustain. The changes will also have an impact on retailers operating on site. Hospitals…
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Which is healthier? Just check the app

A smartphone app that allows consumers to compare the health credentials of different brands has been launched in the Netherlands. According to a report on FoodNavigator.com, the app will help people navigate the information available in the small print on packaging. It works in a similar way to the UK’s FoodSwitch app – users can…
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Junk food taxes are on the horizon

Foodservice companies should prepare for more intervention on market pricing as the government looks to bring obesity under control. Taxes on unhealthy foods like burgers and pizzas could put some operators out of business and “create huge growth for others”. The warning comes from David Read, chairman of Prestige Purchasing. He believes that a “new…
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Food sector finds it hard to shake off sugar addiction

The food industry has more incentives to add sugar than to cut it, according to a study by the World Health Organisation and City University in London. The experts investigated why manufacturers and other supply chain actors use sugar in foods and why they use it in such large amounts. They conducted 34 interviews with…
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UK firm to launch plant burger that bleeds

Moving Mountains has created a meat-free burger that could take on US brands like the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger. The new product contains “a unique scientific blend” of mushrooms, potato, beetroot, wheat and soy proteins, according to the company’s website. It also packs a 20g protein punch, with B12 added “for those that…
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Campaigners call for ban on sales of energy drinks to under-16s

High levels of sugar, calories and caffeine together with “excessive” portion sizes have led to renewed calls for a ban on selling energy drinks to under-16s. Action on Sugar assessed the nutritional information on energy drinks available in nine major UK retailers and one convenience store. The research, published in the journal BMJ Open, showed…
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Sugar tax stick can make voluntary deal work, says government nutritionist

The government’s top nutrition advisor has defended the voluntary approach to tackling childhood obesity. Dr Alison Tedstone, national director with responsibility of diet, nutrition and obesity in the health and wellbeing directorate of Public Health England (PHE), claimed that a “more structured approach” together with the introduction of the levy on sugar-sweetened drinks have incentivised…
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