Labour proposes tougher control on salt and sugar levels in food

7 January 2013

If the Labour party is elected into power at the next general election, the UK could find itself subject to legal limits on sugar, salt and fat content in food.

Andy Burnham, the party's shadow health secretary, told the BBC that current limits, voluntarily set by the food industry, are not delivering on their promises.

As a result of this, Mr Burnham argued, obesity levels in the country have continued to rise, along with other factors such as a poor lifestyle and lack of exercise.

He told the public broadcaster that Labour will be conducting a consultation to gauge how popular such a move would be.

"This is a problem we can't carry on ignoring. It is storing up great problems for the NHS in the future," he said.

"I think parents need more help to make healthier choices for their children, I include myself here. A lot of the time people don't realise just how high in fat, salt and sugar some of these products are, even when you're trying to make healthier choices."

In a survey published last year it was revealed that 26 per cent of all adults in England are classed as being obese.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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