Urgent action needed to reduce sugar intake

07 Oct 2020
by Andy Burman

British Dietetic Association CEO, Andy Burman, responds to Government's Sugar reduction: report on progress between 2015 and 2019 published today, 7 October 2020: 

"This is somewhat disappointing, but not unexpected given the lack of progress in the 2015-2018 report.

"There is some very positive progress in some categories, in particular breakfast cereals, and in the retail sector, yogurts and fromage frais. However, in nearly all other categories it is clear that industry is not going to hit its 20% target by this year. 

"This programme needs more teeth, as the voluntary approach is clearly not working on its own. Some categories saw increases in total sugar sales and that will have been in part because of the marketing of these products. 

"We need urgent action on in-store promotions, online and broadcast advertising and sponsorship to reduce families exposure to High Fat, Sugar and Salt foods.

"Government also needs to put in place a plan for what happens next, how it will have enforceable measures to drive sugar reduction and reformulation across retailers, manufacturers and out of home."

  • The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,500 members.
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