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5 February 2008

Saturated Fat and Energy: We're on the Case, Say Manufacturers

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Julian Hunt, FDF Director of Communications, said:
“The food and drink manufacturing industry looks forward to working with the FSA to explore new ways of reducing the nation's saturated fat and energy intake.

“Our members are already playing their part with their efforts around reformulation, as highlighted by the FSA, and we look forward to building on that. A snapshot survey of our leading members, for instance, found that since 2005 they have removed almost 30,000 tonnes of saturated fat from products as part of their ongoing efforts to reformulate their products. FDF members have also been working on new approaches to portions, such as treat-size snacks, individual portion packs and sharing products.

“Our experiences of working with the FSA on salt show what can be achieved through genuine partnership between industry and its regulator. As the FSA recognises, the issues around reducing saturated fat in mainstream food products are much more complex than salt. However, we look forward to working with them on saturated fat and energy in the same spirit of co-operation.

“One part of the FSA strategy is improving the food literacy of consumers. We welcome this – the industry's GDA labelling campaign is all about educating consumers about their intakes of key nutrients including saturated fat and energy.”

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