Food: Advertising

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th April 2021.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential for a distortion in competition between aggregators and other food delivery businesses as a result of the proposed restrictions on the online advertising of products that are high in fat, salt and sugar.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In addition to our 2019 and 2020 consultations on further advertising restrictions for high fat, salt and sugar products, we have engaged with stakeholders from all sectors throughout this process, including aggregators and other food delivery businesses. We have heard how the proposals could impact different businesses and in the 2020 consultation we asked whether our proposal for a total online restriction would confer a competitive advantage to any particular operator or segment of the online advertising environment. These views have been taken into account whilst developing the final policy position which will be outlined in our consultation response and final impact assessment due to be published later this year.

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