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25 March 2009

Industry rejects FSA Board decision

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PRESS RELEASE

Following discussion of the review of the nutrient profiling model used to support Ofcom's TV advertising regulations, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board has today announced that the so-called 'protein cap' will remain in place.

Melanie Leech, FDF Director General, says:

“We welcome the fact that the FSA Board spent so much time seriously debating this issue, but that makes today's decision all the more disappointing. It raises serious questions about the Agency's commitment to better regulation."

“The decision not to remove the protein cap flies in the face of the recommendation of the Independent Review Panel, which has spent two years assessing the effectiveness of the nutrient profiling model. Yet again a proposal has been introduced at the last minute, outside the process of scientific review and stakeholder consultation."

“Looking forward, we have to ask how industry can plan in such an environment of regulatory uncertainty. We will be calling on the FSA to clarify when it expects to base its decisions on science, and when – and on what basis – it will think it appropriate to set the science aside."

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  • The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent is available on this website.

For more information please contact:

FDF Press team
Keren McCarron on keren.mccarron@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7132
Yvette Murphy on yvette.murphy@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7131
Rebecca Wilhelm rebecca.wilhelm@fdf.org.uk or 020 7420 7140

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