Food: Labelling

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether providing information to consumers based on the total number of calories in a product rather than per 100 grams would (a) better encourage people to lose weight and (b) be more easily understood by consumers.

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

There has been no recent assessment of whether providing information to consumers based on the total number of calories in a product rather than per 100 grams would better encourage people to lose weight or be more easily understood by consumers.

We are considering the opportunities offered by exiting the European Union, which include giving us greater flexibility to determine what information should be presented on packaged food and how it should be displayed, and we will work alongside industry and other stakeholders to decide what will be next for labelling. We want to build on the success of our current labelling scheme and ensure we are using the most effective ways to communicate information to families.

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