Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum policy conference: High fat, sugar and salt policy in the UK - progress and impact, new initiatives, and the future regulatory framework


Delegates attending this Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum (WFNF) will have the opportunity to take part in sessions on promoting healthy choices in-store; HFSS product taxation - consumer response to the sugar tax and the potential for further measures; and promoting healthy, balanced diets - nutrition labelling, portion sizes and out-of-home.

The sessions will bring out latest thinking on the practical challenges of product reformulation.  WFNF expect discussion on reducing HFSS content of popular products whilst engaging with consumers and overcoming cost barriers to reformulation - including issues and options for smaller manufacturers with lower capacity in rapid and effective response to changes in regulation and industry practice.

Delegates will also discuss options and the possible scope of further government intervention and voluntary agreements.  It comes with the Chief Medical Officer asked to review what more is required to meet the Government’s target of halving child obesity by 2030; the impact being felt of the tax on sugary drinks; and calls for further government regulation on HFSS and ultra-processed food products.

Attendees will consider the role of broadcasters, media and marketing and the future of HFSS advertisement regulation - with the UK Nutrient Profiling Model review expected shortly that will determine which products are considered unhealthy.

WFNF expect discussion to draw on responses to the two recently closed consultations on advertising restrictions for HFSS products and in-store HFSS product placement and promotions.  Delegates will also assess the practicalities involved in regulating in-store product placement and promotional offers and the wider role of retailers in promoting healthy choices - as well as what more should be done to improve the nutritional content of own brand ranges and products made in-store.

Further sessions will look at local initiatives for boosting community awareness of HFSS, and include case studies from those who have developed healthy eating partnerships and strategies as well as those who have developed innovative planning processes, powers and advertising restrictions.

Other items for discussion will look at what can be learnt from initiatives such as Scotland’s diet and healthy weight plan - which includes proposals to develop a code of practice with local authorities, transport and media for HFSS advertising restriction - and the impact of the London Food Strategy which included a plan to ban junk food advertisements on the Transport for London network.

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