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26 June 2014

FDF response to Public Health England's 'Sugar Reduction: Responding to a Challenge' paper

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In response to the publication of Public Health England's 'Sugar Reduction: Responding to a Challenge' paper, Barbara Gallani, Director of Regulation, Science & Health at the Food and Drink Federation, the voice of food and drink manufacturers in the UK, said:

“FDF and its members recognise that diets high in sugar can contribute to excess calorie intake, which if sustained can lead to weight gain and obesity. This is why we will to continue to play our part to help consumers reduce their calorie intake and be more active. FDF members have committed to reducing calories in their products under the Department of Health's Responsibility Deal. In some cases this has included a reduction in sugar as part of the wider calorie reduction plan.

“We are pleased to announce that following discussions with the Secretary of State for Health, FDF members have agreed to implement a 250 kcal cap on shop bought single-serve confectionery. This work will be complete by spring 2016. Since 2010, billions of single-serve products have been reformulated and/or reduced in size to bring their calorie content to less than 250kcal; the average calorie reduction for each of these products has been around 15%.”

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For further information or to request an interview, please contact Anna Taylor at FDF via 0207 420 7118 or anna.taylor@fdf.org.uk.

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