It is important for manufacturers to be mindful of the dietary status of the population, and understand the science behind recommendations.  

According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, and Family Food Survey most people in the UK eat and drink too many calories, too much saturated fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish or fibre.  See UK Dietary Recommendations

When updating dietary guidelines, Government and policy makers rely on advice from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), a panel of independent scientific experts. Notable reports from SACN include those on Saturated Fat, and CarbohydratesVitamin D and Folic Acid.



Updates & milestones

FDF Diet and Health Award – Entries are now open!

Has your company made a significant contribution to improve the health of its customers?

Enter the FDF Awards - Diet and Health category before 28 February 2022, for your chance to win. It’s completely free to enter!

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FDF Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year Award – Entries are now open!

Do you know a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist who has made an exceptional contribution to the food and drink sector?

Nominate them for the FDF Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year award before the deadline of 28 February 2022. It’s completely free to enter!

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UK chosen to lead new Sugar and Calorie Reduction Network

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen the UK to lead a new Sugar and Calorie Reduction network to take global action on sugar and calorie reduction. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Chris Whitty, announced the formation of the network. The UK has seen good progress in sugar reduction and will be using its world-leading expertise in domestic sugar and calorie reduction to support European countries.

The new network’s member states will share learning and technical expertise to encourage manufacturers to reformulate products, reducing the amount of sugar and calories in food and drink. The WHO Sugar and Calorie Reduction Network will launch in spring 2022. Find out more

Vitamin D and COVID-19

On 17 December, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition published guidance on vitamin D and COVID-19.

The guidance re-emphasises advise from the UK Government regarding vitamin D supplementation to maintain bone and muscle health between October and March, as people do not make enough vitamin D from sunlight in these months.

It states that vitamin D supplements should not be offered to people solely to prevent or treat COVID-19, except as part of a clinical trial.

For further details please see the full report here.

5 a day guidance

It's recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced.


NHS: 5 A Day: what counts?

Eatwell Guide

The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of foods and drinks we should consume – and in
what proportions – to have a healthy, balanced diet.


NHS guidance: Eatwell Guide


Report highlights FDF members' efforts to improve the nation’s health

UK food and drink manufacturers are supporting the health of the nation by improving the nutritional status of their products and offering a variety of options to support sustainable healthy diets.

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Food and Drink Federation responds to Government advertising ban plans

The FDF has issued the below response in relation to Government plans to move ahead with an advertising ban on products high in fat salt and sugar (HFSS).

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Report: Celebrating Food and Nutrition

07 April 2022

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