Food companies have only managed a 3% sugar reduction in food products, Public Health England (PHE) reported in a report assessing its voluntary sugar reduction plan from 2015 to 2019. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), however, did achieve more significant results with sugar levels in drinks falling by 44% compared to previous years.
Sugar – Obesity is a major health problem as it affects half of the European population. Providing calories with little nutritional value, free sugars are therefore linked to weight gain and its associated health risks.
SAFE’s Member Action on Sugar commented that this report highlights the need for compulsory reduction targets, while industry representatives keep advocating for voluntary measures.
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