Processed Food: Consumption

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th October 2018.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help reduce the proportion of ultra-processed foods consumed.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government encourages everyone to have a healthy balanced diet in line with the nation’s healthy eating model the Eatwell Guide. This is promoted through a variety of communications including the 5 A Day campaign, Public Health England’s (PHE) marketing campaigns such as One You and Change4Life and its catering guidance. The campaigns encourage people to read food labels, to reduce the consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt, and make healthier choices.

As part of the programme of work to combat childhood obesity, PHE is running a reduction and reformulation programme and is working with a range of organisations, including the food industry, to reduce the calories, salt and sugar in processed foods that contribute most to intakes amongst children.

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