Tag Archives: Department of Health

Campaigners slam ‘diabolical’ standard of hospital food

Campaigners have reacted angrily to new data that found almost half of NHS hospitals are failing to meet government standards for food. Department of Health data showed that 48% of hospitals are not meeting Government Buying Standards that require hospitals to meet basic standards on food quality, nutrition, environmental sustainability and animal welfare, despite well…
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Foodservice must fight the flab

Forget the barriers and the lack of powerful policy, it’s time for action on obesity reports Amy Fetzer. You wouldn’t expect an event about a widely panned policy instrument to have an upbeat, positive vibe, but this week’s Footprint Forum: Fat Load of Use - Foodservice and the Childhood Obesity Strategy, in association with CH&Co…
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Sugar tax – reaction

Last time round it was the national living wage that caught industry chiefs off-guard. This time the Chancellor’s “surprise” was a tax on sugary drinks. Details are sparse at the moment, but what we do know is that soft drinks companies will pay a levy on drinks with added sugar from April 2018. We know that the…
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In defence of dairy

Milk alternatives beware: the dairy sector is fighting back. A report published today by the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group calls on the Department of Health to introduce a ‘3-a-day’ scheme for milk and dairy consumption. “The UK must put dairy back on the menu,” the group of MPs concluded. “The introduction of a national 3-a-day…
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Responsibility Deal – high costs of failure

PLANS TO DITCH the public health responsibility deal could cost foodservice firms dear, according to the British Hospitality Association. "Lots of companies have invested a lot of money [in this initiative]. We want to see that investment continue," said chief executive Ufi Ibrahim.   Ibrahim, speaking at Food Matters live this week, suggested that the…
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Bad news for bacon

THE WORLD Health Organisation has classified the consumption of processed red meat as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat as “probably carcinogenic”.   Experts at WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IACR) said there was sufficient evidence that eating meats like bacon and sausages causes colorectal cancer.   Just 50g – about two slices…
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Hunt in the firing line on sugar tax

THE SUGAR tax debate took another twist this week when the heath secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS officials were accused of suppressing the findings of a scientific review into the controversial policy.   Public Health England – the country’s independent public health agency – has studied the benefits of taxes on sugary drinks and sweets…
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RIP Responsibility Deal?

THE GOVERNMENT’S public health responsibility deal is being wound down, according to a report in the Sunday Times. Sources told the paper that the industry continues to work on the voluntary pledges, but there have been no meetings since the election.   The website also clearly states that the content was “published under the 2010…
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Charlton House makes more salt cuts two years ahead of target

OVER 1,500 foods hit new salt reduction targets as business delivers on Government Public Health Responsibility Deal Pledge.                       On the first anniversary of its commitment to the Government’s 2017 Public Health Responsibility Deal on salt reduction Charlton House has reached the set targets on 60%…
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