Sugar: Consumption

Treasury written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the soft drinks industry levy on sugar consumption levels in the UK.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The Levy is designed to tackle childhood obesity by incentivising producers and importers to reduce the amount of added-sugar in the drinks they sell. So far, over half of all drinks that would otherwise have been in-scope have reduced their sugar content.

Public Health England have also released ‘Sugar reduction: report on first year progress’ which shows that soft drinks manufacturers are leading the way in reducing sugar in their product.

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