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Cereal makers urged to use traffic light labelling

Following new research by Action on Sugar, the organization is calling for colour-coded ‘traffic light’ front of pack (FOP) nutrition labelling to be introduced across all food and drink products. In 2013, the Department of Health (DOH) announced a consistent FOP labelling system for fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content, using red for high, amber […]

August 9, 2017 Continue Reading
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EFSA to give daily sugar intake advice

The European Food Safety Authority is to give formal advice on daily sugar intake for the first time. In the past EFSA considered that there was insufficient evidence to set an upper limit for the daily intake of total or added sugars. But it says that new scientific evidence has come to light and there […]

March 23, 2017 Continue Reading
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Osborne announces UK sugar tax on soft drinks

As expected, the announcement by Chancellor George Osborne that the UK Government is to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2018 has been met with mixed reactions. The new soft drinks industry levy will be targeted at producers and importers of soft drinks to encourage them to reformulate by reducing the amount of […]

March 16, 2016 Continue Reading
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“Unbelievable amount” of sugar in coffee shop drinks

98% of hot flavoured drinks sold by the major coffee shops in the UK would carry a ‘red’ warning for excessive sugar if the chains were forced to label them, says Action on Sugar. The campaign group says that some flavoured drinks contain over 20 teaspoons of sugar (Starbuck’s Mulled Fruit coming in at 25 […]

February 17, 2016 Continue Reading
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Supermarkets “breaking ranks” with soft drinks giants on sugar tax

Britain’s leading supermarkets could be about to break ranks with the soft drinks giants on government plans to tackle the obesity crisis, reports The Times. With the government expected soon to announce tough new plans to tackle the national childhood obesity epidemic, the British Retail Consortium has warned that voluntary a approach to pricing and […]

February 8, 2016 Continue Reading
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Laverstoke organic farm helps celebs shelve the sugar

The organic, biodynamic Laverstoke Park Farm, located in Hampshire, is the base for a new ITV 1 series which started last night (26 January) in which TV personalities attempt to go completely sugar-free. The three-part show, Sugar Free Farm, features celebs including comedian Rory McGrath, singer Jane McDonald and actress and dancer Jennifer Ellison, as […]

January 27, 2016 Continue Reading
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Cut sugars and increase fibre says SACN “wake-up call” report

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) – an independent body of public health experts – published its long-awaited Carbohydrates and Health report last month, declaring it to be the “wake-up call we need to rethink our diet”. The report  recommends that free sugars should account for no more than 5% of daily energy intake, a halving […]

July 18, 2015 Continue Reading
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BMA recommends 20% tax on sugary drinks

In its latest report to promote healthy diets, Food for Thought, the British Medical Association (BMA) has recommended the introduction of a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. “The use of taxation measures on unhealthy food and drink products has consistently been found to have the potential to improve health, with relatively high taxation levels (in […]

July 13, 2015 Continue Reading
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Sweet as sugar…

British brand Sweetly Stevia, which was soft launched in the UK this summer, is achieving rapid growth in the sugar substitute sector. The product is a 100% natural alternative to sugar – that the company says tastes every bit as good as sugar – extracted from organic stevia leaves using water in a method which […]

November 21, 2014 Continue Reading
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A third of UK kids have tooth decay by age three

In the wake of recent headlines about the amount of sugar consumed and its negative health effects, a survey by Public Health England (PHE) has revealed that 12% of children already have tooth decay at the age of three. The research, the first national oral health survey of three-year-olds in England, checked the teeth of […]

October 7, 2014 Continue Reading
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Ella’s Kitchen founder hits out at media’s “infantile ‘bad food’ lists”

The founder of organic baby food brand Ella’s Kitchen, Paul Lindley, has condemned what he calls the media’s “infantile ‘bad food’ lists”. The comments come in a letter to The Grocer in which Lindley argues that “lowest common denominator headlines” and “simplistic analyses” of complex food-health interactions sideline serious debate and demean respectable parts of […]

March 17, 2014 Continue Reading
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