Health written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Mike Thornton Mike Thornton Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on limiting the amount of sugar in food and drink.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We have challenged business, through our Responsibility Deal calorie reduction pledge, to take action to help people eat fewer calories. This can include helping reduce sugar consumption. 38 businesses are already taking action; for example, soft drinks manufacturers who are signed up to the calorie reduction pledge are reducing sugar in their drinks. Ministers and officials are continuing to engage with business to encourage greater sign up to the calorie reduction pledge along with other Responsibility Deal food pledges.

The Government are also helping consumers to reduce their calorie intake by providing practical advice through NHS Choices and via Change4Life campaigns.

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