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FSA Appoints Jason Feeney As Chief Executive
Thursday April 13 2017 09:07
Science Report Published On Use Of Data Science In The FSA
Friday April 07 2017 03:56
New Guidelines For Food Industry On Sugar Reduction In Foods
Thursday March 30 2017 04:10
Cleone Recalls Patty Products With Incorrect Labelling
Tuesday March 28 2017 07:37
M&S Recall Soup Over Contamination Fears
Monday March 27 2017 03:26
Double Serving Of Food Hygiene And E. Coli Regulations And Tougher Sentencing On The Menu
Friday March 17 2017 04:21
Incorrect Packagig#ng Prompts Tesco Chow Mein Recall
Wednesday March 15 2017 04:24
Elliott’s Absorb The Odour Problem Of Food Packaging
Tuesday March 14 2017 09:25
Quorn Recall Mince With Metal From Tesco Stores
Thursday March 02 2017 05:29
Waitrose Recalls Frozen Breaded Haddock Fillets Because Of Incorrect Allergen Labelling
Monday February 27 2017 04:53
Excellence In Food Safety Recognised By Leading Training Provider Verner Wheelock
Thursday February 23 2017 08:38
Great Northern Sandwich Recalls Product With Blue Chicken Discolouration
Friday February 10 2017 05:14
Sainsbury's Withdraw Stir-Fry Products With Salmonella Risk
Friday February 10 2017 04:23
MDA Frozen Fish And Chicken Products Potentially Unsafe
Tuesday January 17 2017 07:07
New Categorisation Of Food Scares To Help Prevent Food Chain Being Compromised
Tuesday January 10 2017 09:44
Troy Foods awarded Sword of Honour from British Safety Council
Wednesday December 07 2016 12:41
FSA Publishes Review Of Antimicrobial Resistance Evidence
Tuesday November 29 2016 04:54
Juices From Damaged Salad Leaves Massively Stimulate Salmonella Growth
Friday November 18 2016 03:41
ALDI Recalls Chicken Curry
Thursday November 17 2016 06:52
ASDA Recall Tiger Sausage Rolls Because Of Incorrect Allergen Labelling
Wednesday October 12 2016 07:10
Island Delight recalling Vegetable Short Crust Pattie Due To Incorrect Allergen Labelling
Friday October 07 2016 02:18
Holchem Launches Hyperwipe Range
Friday September 30 2016 05:01
Quorn Foods Recalls Meat Free Soups Due To Undeclared Egg
Wednesday September 28 2016 06:17
FDF’s Food Safety And Authenticity Convention
Monday September 05 2016 03:51
Get Stuffed Recalls Delicious Indian Cuisine Over Use By Date Errors
Monday August 15 2016 03:04
Plastic In Sausage Rolls From Clayton Park Bakery
Wednesday August 03 2016 07:39
Co-op Recalls Cheese & Tomato Pasta Because Of Mustard
Tuesday August 02 2016 03:26
Milk Labelling Mistake Leads To Pudding Recall
Tuesday July 26 2016 03:37
M&S Recall Teriyaki Crackers Over Prawn Labelling
Thursday July 21 2016 03:54
Recall Of Lytham Wraps Over Company Production Proceedures
Thursday July 21 2016 03:52
Costco Recall For Veggie Burgers With Listeria Risk
Tuesday May 17 2016 05:38
Blue Dragon Recall Because Of Packaging Error
Tuesday May 03 2016 17:00
Argo Poultry recalls Whole Cooked Chickens
Thursday April 21 2016 08:13
Foriegn Bodies Recall For Sainsbury's Fromage Frais
Monday April 18 2016 05:26
FSA Publish Science Report On Exciting Developments In Whole-Genome Sequencing
Thursday April 14 2016 04:51
Holchem Launches Fast Acting Disinfectant
Monday April 11 2016 05:25
Cook Trading Chilli & Cheese Tortilla Cup Canapes Recalled
Thursday April 07 2016 05:49
FSA Publishes Assessment Of Food Crime In UK
Tuesday March 29 2016 19:04
H&S Specialist Harrier And RDHS Secure International Safety Award
Tuesday March 29 2016 18:37
Food Industry Must Prepare For British Food Allergy Explosion
Monday March 21 2016 06:53
Listeria Fears InSpar Chicken Chunks Prompts Recall
Wednesday March 09 2016 11:08
Selfridges Recall Mouldy Christmas Puddings
Friday March 04 2016 03:57
Companies Warned Of Multi-Million Pound Losses In Wake Of Product Recall Problems
Thursday March 03 2016 05:56
New Research Reveals Shocking Increase In Salt Content Of Soups & Ready Meals Under The Responsibility Deal
Tuesday March 01 2016 08:28
FSA Using Science To Deliver Food We Can Trust
Monday February 29 2016 09:01
FSA And AHDB Join Forces To Help Meat Industry Deliver Better Health
Friday February 26 2016 07:41
Mars Recall Could Cost Millions Product Recall Expert Solicitors Estimate
Thursday February 25 2016 08:48
First Ever Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards Winners
Monday February 15 2016 04:52
Leicester Uni Study Shows Way To Healthier Ready Meals
Tuesday February 09 2016 07:10
Ingredients Ommisions Prompt Clover Chips Recall
Monday February 08 2016 07:35
Kettle Chips Recall For Plastic Health Hazard
Thursday February 04 2016 07:02
New Sentencing Guidelines May Expose Food Professionals To Fraud Culpability
Tuesday February 02 2016 05:07
Threat Of Salmonella To Chicken Tikka Sandwiches Prompts Recall
Tuesday February 02 2016 04:59
Easy Eats Recalls Snacks Over Salmonella Fear
Monday February 01 2016 07:40
Big Names Join Sofht As Supporting Company Members
Monday January 25 2016 07:05
Sainsbury's Recall Just Cook Chicken Breasts
Friday January 22 2016 10:06
Iceland Recall Ribs With Incorrect Storage Instructions
Wednesday January 20 2016 04:25
Holchem Launch New Service To Help Businesses Achieve SALSA Classification
Tuesday January 19 2016 03:58
New Blog Highlights Employment Law Issues For Food Firms In 2016
Monday January 11 2016 08:11
Black Pudding Recall Over Labelling Date
Thursday January 07 2016 05:10
Training Award Winners Launch Listeria Management Course
Monday January 04 2016 03:55
Asda Withdraws Curry Sauce With Unannounced Milk
Thursday December 17 2015 05:32
Food Industry To Benefit In Move To Raise Pest Control Standards
Friday December 11 2015 07:38
Lidl Recalls Unsafe Deluxe Crayfish Soup
Thursday December 10 2015 08:03
DSM Collaborates In Case Study To Assess Health Impact Of Salt Reduction
Monday December 07 2015 05:49
M&S Egg On Face Over Egg In Crisp Bake Recall
Thursday December 03 2015 06:47
It’s Two Awards In A Row For Verner Wheelock And Symington’s
Wednesday November 18 2015 04:08
CFA Defends Biocides To Protect Hygiene
Monday November 16 2015 03:51
Co-op Chicken And Chorizo Paella Withdrawn Because Contains Wheat And Prawns
Tuesday November 03 2015 10:20
Spar Recalls its Chicken Bites Snack Bags Containing Mould
Friday October 30 2015 06:57
New Evidence Review Of Measures To Reduce Sugar Consumption
Friday October 23 2015 05:01
FSA 2014 annual report on UK Multi-Annual National Control Plan Published
Monday October 19 2015 06:36
Labelling Error Leads To Aldi Withdrawl Of Specially Selected Yoghurts
Thursday October 01 2015 03:31
Labelling Omission Means Recall For Jasats Family Bakers Pasty
Wednesday September 23 2015 05:25
Asda Recall Crinkle Cut Beetroot Crisps Over Contanimation Fears
Friday September 18 2015 08:29
Boots Recalls Sushi Ready-To-Eat Products That Might Contain Metal
Thursday September 17 2015 08:38
Trans Fat Could Be A Bigger Health Risk Than Saturated Fat
Thursday September 10 2015 03:21
Verner Wheelock Celebrates 25 Years Of Top Food Safety Training
Friday September 04 2015 06:58
Sainsburys Recalls Thai Takeaway And Prawn Crakers After Egg Omission On Packaging
Tuesday August 04 2015 04:54
SuperValu Recalls Four Soups That Possibly Contain Plastic
Friday July 31 2015 03:19
Have You Taken Action To Get In Line For BRC's New Food Safety Global Standard?
Monday July 27 2015 08:54
Expert Nutritionists Recommend Halving Sugar In Diet
Friday July 17 2015 07:24
FDF Defends Sugar As Part Of A Balanced Diet
Friday July 17 2015 03:38
Lidl Recalls Soup For Packaging Error
Monday July 13 2015 05:51
FSA Reports Food Allergen Alerts Rocket in 2014
Tuesday July 07 2015 07:07
Quorn Chef's Selection Meat Free Beef Steaks Recall
Tuesday July 07 2015 04:24
Sainsbury’s recalls by Sainsbury’s British Lamb Shish Kebabs
Thursday July 02 2015 03:21
UK Maggi Noodles Get The All Clear On Lead Levels
Wednesday July 01 2015 08:03
FDF Launches Gluten Labelling Guide
Wednesday July 01 2015 07:38
Sainsbury's Recalls Its Canned Vegetable Ravioli In Tomato & Herb Sauce
Thursday June 18 2015 04:29
FSA Publishes Two Year Strategic Plan For Food
Wednesday June 03 2015 06:52
Lidl Recall Tortelloni After Labelling Omission
Tuesday May 26 2015 05:56
O'Donnells Tipperary Mature Irish Cheese And Red Onion Crisps Recalled
Monday May 11 2015 06:19
Recall For Tesco Finest Potato Salad And Coleslaw With Added Metal
Monday May 11 2015 05:39
Recall For Sainsbury's Potato Salad And Coleslaw Containing Metal
Monday May 11 2015 05:14
Higidty Pie Recalled For Labelling Omission
Friday May 08 2015 04:15
UK Coalition Government Derailed Efforts To Reduce Salt In Food
Friday May 01 2015 12:11
The Food Crime Unit: An Opportunity To Bury The Hatchet?
Thursday April 30 2015 20:41
Sugar And Carbs Behind Surge In Obesity Say Experts
Wednesday April 29 2015 09:17
Lidl Pudding Recall Cause Lost In Translation
Tuesday April 28 2015 11:16
Young's Seafood Jumbo Seafood Sticks recalled Over Packagingn Seal
Monday April 27 2015 03:17
FSA Publishes Two Reports On Viruses In The Food Chain
Thursday March 26 2015 08:43
FSA Welcomes Horsemeat Sentencing
Tuesday March 24 2015 05:51
Mrs Unis Recalls Snacks Because Of Packaging Safety Fears
Thursday March 19 2015 06:37
FSA Reminds Consumers About Safe Preparation Of Burgers At Home
Wednesday March 18 2015 09:17
SOFHT Relaunches Level 2 Introduction To Food Safety Training
Tuesday March 17 2015 07:46
Co-op Withdraws Breaded Cod Over Labelling Omission For Mustard And Milk
Monday March 02 2015 04:15
New Peanut Food Scare Highlights the Need for Supplier Compliance Software
Friday February 27 2015 07:13
QADEX Warns Media Coverage Could INCREASE Food Fraud Cases
Wednesday February 25 2015 18:02
The Writing Is On The Wall For Unhygienic Surfaces
Monday February 23 2015 06:36
More Recalls Over Almond Spicegate
Friday February 20 2015 05:21
FSA Issues Further Alert In Undeclared Almond Incident
Tuesday February 17 2015 06:04
Almond Sesoning Makes Aldi Recall Of Fajita Dinner Kit
Monday February 16 2015 05:45
Morrisons Is Withdrawing Its Fajita Meal Kit Due To Undeclared Almond In The Seasoning Mix
Friday February 13 2015 10:27
Food Safety Training Experts Verner Wheelock Launches Awards
Tuesday February 10 2015 06:08
RSSL’s Solution To The Recent Peanut And Almond Protein Found In Cumin
Tuesday February 03 2015 08:03
Hygiene Lapse At Azalea Foods Means Recall Of Frozen Samosas
Thursday January 29 2015 05:14
Asda Withdraw Sundried Tomato Cous Cous Over Allergen Labelling
Wednesday January 28 2015 07:05
Cofresh brand - Eat Real Lentil Chips Creamy Dill Flavour recall
Friday January 23 2015 09:07
RSSL Beefs Up Training Offering To Help Meet BRC Requirements
Thursday January 15 2015 11:53
Cook! Recalls Meals Over Plastic Fears
Thursday January 15 2015 11:34
Retaurants Must Reveal Food Allergen Ingredients Under New Laws
Monday January 05 2015 06:47
QADEX Helps Reduce the Cost of Food Fraud
Tuesday December 23 2014 06:13
UK Food Businesses Must Prepare For New 2014 Food Information Regulations
Tuesday December 16 2014 05:03
SOFHT Celebrates 35 Years In Food Hygiene
Friday December 12 2014 07:11
CFA Questions EU Proposed MLR Regulation
Thursday December 04 2014 03:30
Free Webinars for Food Businesses Ahead of BRC7
Tuesday November 25 2014 09:24
Co-op Announces Food Hygiene And Cooking Convenience Initiative
Friday November 21 2014 06:59
Reducing Product Recalls Due To Undeclared Allergens
Friday November 14 2014 07:00
Handbook Of Food Allergen Detection And Control Published
Thursday November 06 2014 03:15
RSSL Joins IFAAM Study Of Food Allergies
Monday October 27 2014 04:30
Top Marks For Verner Wheelock Students In RSPH Food Safety Awards
Friday October 24 2014 05:31
Bernard Matthews Trainer Team Qualified Ahead Of WATOK
Friday October 17 2014 02:28
New Incident Management Plan From FSA In Wake Of Horsemeat Scandal Under Test
Friday October 03 2014 08:49
Jeremy Clarkson Gets Involved in the Food Fraud Debate
Wednesday September 24 2014 10:28
Food and You Waves 1 and 2: 'Eating Safe And Well' Report Published
Thursday September 18 2014 06:48
Be Careful Of What Gets Lost In Translation For Labelling
Thursday September 18 2014 05:04
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Friday September 05 2014 06:31
QADEX Emphasises Importance of Food Safety As 33,317 Sign Petition to Stop Food Fraud
Thursday September 04 2014 09:14
Is social media a potential resource for communicating food risk information?
Tuesday August 26 2014 04:28
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Thursday August 14 2014 07:00
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Wednesday August 13 2014 07:01
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Thursday July 31 2014 08:16
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Tuesday July 29 2014 06:40
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Wednesday July 23 2014 11:14
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Wednesday July 23 2014 11:13
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Thursday July 03 2014 07:00
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Friday June 20 2014 04:48
Tender For Review Of Rapid Testing For Shellfish For FSA Scotland
Tuesday June 03 2014 03:48
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Thursday May 22 2014 10:28
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Monday May 19 2014 07:41
Big Brands Suffer Harsh Penalties If Food Safety Policies Are Not Implemented
Monday May 12 2014 09:48
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Monday May 12 2014 09:06
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Thursday April 24 2014 18:21
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Wednesday April 02 2014 05:26
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Monday March 31 2014 07:04
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Thursday March 27 2014 09:50
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Thursday March 20 2014 08:28
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Today's News
FSA Appoints Jason Feeney As Chief Executive
Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, has confirmed that she has appointed Jason Feeney CBE as Chief Executive of the department.

Jason has been part of the FSA since joining as Chief Operating Officer in January 2015.

He joined the then DHSS as an Admin Officer in 1981. He spent his early years working in local offices in Leeds and Bradford in a range of frontline posts. In the 90’s he worked in Finance and in the Security Branch of the Benefit Agency managing their £350m change programme.

He enjoyed a two-year secondment to the NHS Executive working on GP remuneration and primary care funding. In 2002 he was promoted to the Senior Civil Service and spent two years as Head of Future Pensions. He then led the Central Design Authority before being promoted to be the Business Design Director for The Pension Service in 2005. Following the merger of The Pension Service and the Disability and Carers Service he was appointed Strategy Director for the new agency in May 2008 introducing a number of major service transformations.

In December 2010, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO for the Pension Service. Following departmental restructuring he was appointed DWP Pensions Director in October 2011. In November 2012, he was appointed DWP Benefits Director with responsibility for 22,000 staff delivering all working age benefits worth about £30bn a year to over 10m customers. He was made a CBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List.

Heather Hancock said: ‘I’m delighted that Jason Feeney is taking up the role of Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency. We know Jason has a strong track record of delivering complex change across sectors, and that leadership expertise is what set him apart from a very strong field of industry and public sector applicants. I very much look forward to working with Jason to address the implications and opportunities for food regulation as the UK leaves the European Union, and to deliver on our ambition to modernise regulation, all whilst maintaining the high level of public confidence in the work of the FSA.'

Jason Feeney will take up the role full time from 11 April.

He said ‘It will be a privilege to lead the FSA over the coming few years as Chief Executive. The work that this organisation does is vital to the wellbeing and health of everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and I will be proud to lead the dedicated and professional team that deliver it.’
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Science Report Published On Use Of Data Science In The FSA
The FSA published a new Science Report by its Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Guy Poppy.

In his sixth Science Report, Professor Poppy looks at data science and how it is helping the Agency to achieve its core objective of becoming a data driven organisation.

Professor Poppy said: ‘For the FSA to make evidence-based decisions, data must be translated into the knowledge and wisdom we can act upon. The revolution in data science techniques is making the large amounts of data collected by the FSA and food businesses more valuable and ensures the best decisions can be made.’

The report shows how the Agency is bringing together a wide range of data, from the complex food industry ‘ecosystem’ to social media and consumer preferences, to explore ways that it can meet its regulatory responsibilities going forward and become data-driven. This also includes working in partnership on research with University College London’s Big Data Institute and the Office for National Statistics amongst others, to get the best value from data as well as supporting FSA objectives and learning with and from others. Data Science is feeding into the implementation of the Agency’s innovative new Surveillance Strategy and the ‘Regulating our Future’ change programme which is redesigning the FSA’s regulatory role.
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New Guidelines For Food Industry On Sugar Reduction In Foods
Public Health England (PHE) has today published new guidelines setting out the approaches the food industry should take to reduce the net amount of sugar children consume through everyday food. As a result, around 200,000 tonnes of sugar could be removed from UK diets per year by 2020.

The guidance sets out the recommended sugar limits for nine food groups including biscuits, breakfast cereals and yogurt, as well as how the reductions could be achieved by the food industry.

The three approaches the food industry can take to reduce sugar are:
* Reformulating products to lower the levels of sugar present;
* Reducing the portion size, and/or the number of calories in single-serve products;
* Shifting consumer purchasing towards lower/no added sugar products

PHE will judge the success of the sugar reduction programme by measuring the net amount of sugar removed from key food categories. The underlying principles are to encourage the industry to go further and faster in sugar reduction in order to improve health outcomes, but also to give it flexibility in how it meets the Government’s challenge.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of PHE, said: “The UK has one of the most innovative food sectors in the world and it’s in everyone’s best interests to ensure it remains a dynamic and thriving sector of our economy. The scale of our ambition to reduce sugar is unrivalled anywhere in the world, which means the UK food industry has a unique opportunity to innovate and show the rest of the world how it can be done. I believe reducing sugar in the nation’s diet will be good for health and ultimately good for UK food business.

“We can’t duck the fact a third of children are leaving primary school overweight or obese and obesity generally is having a profound effect, not just on the costs for the health service, but on the overall health of the nation. Our economy is affected as obesity can lead to long term health problems that result in time off work.”

PHE’s Chief Nutritionist, Dr Alison Tedstone said: “Overweight and obese children are likely to carry this health problem into adulthood, increasing their risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Levels of obesity are higher in children from deprived backgrounds. Tackling the amount of sugar we eat is not just a healthy thing to do, but an issue of inequality for many families. If businesses achieve these guidelines, 200,000 tonnes of sugar could be removed from the UK market per year by 2020.”

Public Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: “This Government believes in taking a common-sense approach to improving public health and that includes changing the addictive relationship our children have with sugar.

“Many companies have already taken impressive steps to rise to this challenge but it’s important that everyone steps up. We should seize this unique opportunity to be global leaders in food innovation.”

The PHE guidelines are based on more than six months of detailed engagement with the food industry and public health NGOs. This included more than 40 meetings with food suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and the eating out of home sector, representing fast food, coffee shops, family restaurants, entertainment venues and pub chains.

The PHE guidance confirms:
* Guidelines for the sugar levels of food are set for the top nine categories of products providing sugar to children’s diets (up to the age of 18 years). Soft drinks are covered by the industry sugar levy
* All types of sugars are in scope for these categories, with exceptions for the naturally occurring milk sugars in yogurt and an amount of sugar in plain whole dried fruit in breakfast cereals
* Broad product categories will be used except for the sweet spreads and sauces category where sub-categories have been introduced due to the disparate range of products included
* 2015 baseline levels of sugar in foods have been established using Kantar Worldpanel and nutrition information for manufacturers and retailers, and NPD Crest information for the out of home sector and publically available nutritional information. Some data have also been provided by industry including some out of home businesses
* The 20% total sugar reduction target has been set based on 2015 levels of sugar per 100g in product and calculating an average figure that takes into account the volume of sales. This sets out the clear goal for a sales weighted average for sugar per 100g for each category to be achieved by 2020 and provides a figure against which progress can be monitored. This approach encourages businesses to focus sugar reduction on their top selling products with high levels of sugar
Sweeteners that have been approved through European Food Safety Authority’s processes are a safe and acceptable alternative to using sugar. It is up to businesses if and how they wish to use them

Sugar reduction is part of a wider PHE led food reformulation programme. This includes work already underway with industry to encourage progress to meet salt reduction targets developed for 2017. Later in 2017, PHE will begin work to scope its approach to calorie reduction, aimed primarily at the food categories not covered by the sugar reduction programme. After the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition review on fats is completed in 2018, PHE will consider including saturated fat in the programme.

In response to the publication by Public Health England of its sugar reduction guidelines for industry, Ian Wright CBE, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation, the voice of UK food and drink manufacturers, said: “Obesity levels in the UK are unacceptably high. Physical inactivity is a factor, but for many the problem overwhelmingly is with excess calories in the diet. With many of these calories coming from sugars, we support the Government’s highly ambitious sugars reduction drive.

“Today’s report represents a constructive platform on which to build a world-leading programme of voluntary sugars reduction, right across food and drink. All parts of the food industry – manufacturers, retailers, takeaways, restaurants and cafés – need to step up. The guidelines are very stretching but manufacturers, for our part, are willing to take on the challenge.

“Manufacturers know the special place their products have in people’s lives. Companies are working hard to overcome technical challenges and make gradual tweaks to favourite foods that regular customers can accept. They are also developing new low sugar alternatives. In some foods, portion size reductions will be necessary.

“This programme is only one piece of a much wider jigsaw of work that needs to be done to move towards better overall diets and more active lifestyles. We look forward to continuing to work closely with PHE and other partners as the programme moves from design into implementation.”
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