Tag Archives: Public Health Responsibility Deal

A (sizeable) step in the right direction

The Childhood Obesity Plan could have gone further but it’s much better than the Responsibility Deal, says Bidvest Foodservice’s David Jones. By 2035 almost three in four adults will be overweight or obese, with levels in the UK more than trebling in the past 30 years. Over the past decade the government has attempted to…
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Second chance for the slackers

The government is again asking businesses to take a voluntary approach to obesity. Will the Childhood Obesity Plan succeed where the Responsibility Deal failed? By Nick Hughes. The dog that has not barked properly in the whole obesity debate.” That was the damning verdict on the foodservice sector from the Food and Drink Federation’s director…
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Trick or treat: how the obesity plan changed

The childhood obesity strategy was watered down, Theresa May “dismantling” David Cameron’s ambitious plan in no fewer than 36 days. Channel 4’s Dispatches team had been handed a June draft of the plan: “a more ambitious plan that never saw the light of day”, reads the press release promoting the programme (October 31st, 8pm). At…
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New obesity strategy is “weak” with “pointless” targets

The childhood obesity strategy has finally been published, and government has put the onus on industry to tackle the issue. The sugar tax stays, for now, with a consultation launched alongside the new strategy. There is also a hint that Brexit could trigger changes to labelling schemes, with the “teaspoons of sugar” idea put forward…
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Could a sugar tax be on the cards?

THE CHILDHOOD obesity strategy: what can be inferred from three days of debates, seminars and presentations during Food Matters Live?                     Regulation rather than responsibility deal   THE GOVERNMENT’S deputy chief medical officer doesn’t think the voluntary agreements with industry are working. Dr Gina Radford noted the…
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Industry’s sugar stance is hard to swallow

LAST ISSUE all the talk was about cheat devices hidden in VW cars. That hasn’t gone away, but recently I spent three days at Food Matters Live hearing about another covert operation – hidden sugars.   You might have seen the odd press article of late lambasting the new anti- ambrosia. This is all building…
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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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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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News in review

SALT LINKED to obesity in new study. (Small) bonus for female workers. Blow for minimum price deal on alcohol. Be careful with burgers. Pop star’s plea on climate change.                             Salt in the spotlight CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS has been made to reduce the consumption…
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Back of house

POLITICIANS DON'T seem keen on a tax on sugary drinks, so the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group took matters into its own hands. CEO Simon Blagden suggests it won't be long before others follow their lead.                            What prompted you to introduce a 10p…
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