Food: Advertising

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the advertising industry on reducing the promotion of unhealthy food before the watershed.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

In the second chapter of our Childhood Obesity Plan, published in June 2018, we have committed to consult on introducing further advertising restrictions, including a 9pm watershed on TV advertising of HFSS products and similar protection for children viewing adverts online, with the aim of limiting children’s exposure to HFSS advertising, and incentivising sugar and calorie reduction. The consultation will be issued by the end of 2018. Ministers and officials in the Department have regular discussions with a range of stakeholders on a range of matters, including on tackling obesity.

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