Food: Labelling

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to discuss with manufacturers of confectionery and fizzy drinks the potential for warnings on packaging informing the consumer of the risks of tooth decay.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

We have no specific plans for the labelling of these foods, but improving diet and reducing sugar intake is one of the main themes of our oral health promotion programme. "Choosing Better Oral Health", the oral health plan for England, which we issued in November 2005, included advice to reduce both the frequency and the amount of added sugars consumed in line with the Department's target of reducing average intake of added sugar to 11 per cent. of food energy.

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