The chairman of the HFMA, Robert Taylor, has confirmed the Association’s support for a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Micronutrients and Health, to launch in the spring of next year.
He also urged the Government to include improvements to health and nutrition regulation in Europe as part of the current EU reform process.
Taylor was speaking at the HFMA’s annual Parliamentary reception at the House of Commons yesterday, which also included speeches from Carolyn Harris MP (stranding in for Rosie Cooper MP) and Dr Marilyn Glenville.
Taylor told guests: “One of several take-away actions from our micronutrients round table earlier in the year – our first ever academic round table – was the HFMA should look closely at ways of improving micronutrient levels and delivery for at risk groups. With this in mind I am very pleased to confirm today the HFMA’ s support for a new all-party parliamentary group that we hope will bring more attention to these important issues.”
Commenting on industry-related issues arising from the possibility of a British exit from the European Union, Taylor said: “Many of the challenges for our industry originate in EU legislation on health and nutrition. The HFMA view is that different diets and nutritional needs across Europe should be recognized and that part of the EU reform process should involve working towards improving impact assessment, and an improved role for national parliaments in scrutinizing implementation measures.”
Sir David Amess