Government announce review to develop national food strategy

27 June 2019

The British Dietetic Association today welcomes the government’s announcement of an independent review to develop a National Food Strategy for England. While the will be England the strategy will consider relationships with the devolved administrations, the European Union and internationally.

The uncertainty of Brexit, the challenges posed by diet-related health conditions and pressing issue of climate change are just three of the many reasons this review is timely and necessary.

We strongly agree with the government’s recognition of the importance of diet, and our food sector, and stand ready to contribute fully to the review as the only professional body representing the UKs food and nutrition experts.

Dietitians have experience and expertise in food and nutrition in a wide range of sectors and disciplines and are uniquely placed to support this work. The BDA is a pioneering and campaigning body with expertise in nationwide health strategy as well as food sustainability.

We welcome the broad scope of the review and the commitment to consult widely during the creation of the strategy. 

It will be vital that there is broad input from industry, government, academia and the wider public, as what we eat is an issue that unites us all.

We look forward to working closely with the Henry Dimbleby as he leads this review. This is a great opportunity to improve the health, environmental and economic impact of the entire food sector.

We hope the review and resulting strategy can meet that far-reaching ambition.

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