Public Health England (PHE) is developing voluntary guidance on the nutrient content of commercial food and drink aimed at children up to 36 months. PHE held a consultation late in 2020 proposing guidance levels for total sugars, free sugars and salt in these products. Final guidance is expected to be published late spring 2021.
The work will build on information presented in the PHE Evidence Review that was published in summer 2019.
In addition, DHSC has committed to looking at the marketing and labelling of infant food. This includes use of on pack claims, and checking that consumption advice is not detrimental to dental health. There is, as yet, no indication of when this work will start.
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