Sugary drinks ban

The NHS is taking action to remove sugary drinks from its canteens, shops and vending machines during 2018[12].

Although almost two thirds of NHS trusts are now signed up to a voluntary scheme to reduce sales of sugary drinks to 10% or less of sold beverages, 91 NHS Trusts are yet to join the voluntary scheme. Hospitals and suppliers have been warned that if they do not take action to reduce sales of sugary drinks by the end of March 2018, a ban will be introduced in 2018 instead.

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 16:07

Healthier snacks

Public Health England (PHE) has launched the first Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacks for children[11]. The new campaign encourages parents to look for ‘100 calorie snacks, two a day max’ to help them purchase healthier snacks for their children.

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 16:02

Pressure mounts to reduce plastic waste

The UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has issued two new reports on plastic recycling in the UK addressing plastic bottles and disposable coffee cups lined with plastic.

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 15:52

Industry consultation

A new Campden BRI consultation has identified the challenges to be tackled by the food industry using science and technology[10]. The consultation involved over 600 face-to-face contributions covering the entire food supply chain and including a survey of Campden BRI’s 2,400 members in 75 countries.

Some of the new challenges identified during the consultation were:

• Sustaining product quality in the face of rising costs of operations and materials

• Soil health – stronger recognition of soil as a resource and methods for its protection

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 15:46
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