Food Standards Scotland responds to Scottish Government’s announcement of a Bill restricting the promotion of food high in fat, sugar or salt.
Ross Finnie, Chair of Food Standards Scotland, said:
“Food Standards Scotland recognises the importance and challenge of tackling obesity and poor diet in Scotland. The Scottish Government announcement today to introduce a Bill targeting the promotion of food high in fat, sugar and salt is much-needed to help address this critical public health issue.
“As much as 50% of the sugar, 20% of calories and 20% of fat in our diets comes from ‘discretionary’ snacks and drinks such as sweets, chocolate, cakes, crisps and sugary drinks. Given that two-thirds of us are either overweight or obese, it is absolutely right that transformational measures such as those proposed in this Bill are taken forward as a priority to help us improve the standards of food available to people in Scotland.”