Supporting Healthy Choices
Supporting Healthy Choices sets out Food Standards Scotland and the Scottish Government ambition to work collaboratively with the food and drink industry and the public sector to make it easier for the Scottish population to choose healthier food and drink options. There are 17 shared commitments for action aimed at retailers, manufacturers, out of home catering businesses, and the public sector including NHS Scotland and local authorities.
Signing up to Supporting Healthy Choices is simple. Partners just need to specify which commitments they intend to work towards over the course of the next year and then submit a short action plan setting out the activity they have taken or intend to take. We do not expect sign up to every commitment and any other activities which support healthier food and drink choices across Scotland are also welcomed.
Monitoring of Industry Progress
Progress will be monitored by Food Standards Scotland at a population level through established surveys which monitor food and nutrient intake and consumer behaviour. This includes analysis of data from the Scottish Health Survey, the ONS Living Costs and Food Survey, commissioned surveys of children’s diets and urinary salt survey to monitor population salt intakes. Kantar World Panel data on food, beverages and nutrients purchased into the home and NPD Crest data on purchase of food and beverages eaten outside the home will be used to monitor promotions and levels of salt, saturated fat, fat and sugar purchased in Scotland to identify any changes.