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UK: Children’s Food Bill back before the UK parliament

 MP Mary Creagh is reintroducing the Children’s Food Bill to the British Parliament. This Bill calls for:

  • a ban on the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to pupils
  • mandatory nutrition and quality guidelines for school meals
  • a ban on vending machines in schools
  • compulsory food education on the curriculum
  • a duty placed on the government to promote healthy foods to children.

The National Union of Teachers strongly supports the Bill. According to the Guardian, a NUT spokesperson says,

It is no good relying on self-regulation: it hasn’t worked in the past and there is no reason to believe it will work now. The manufacturers of junk food and drinks have shown little willingness to regulate themselves. Now [the] government must act.

A British Medical Association report Preventing Childhood Obesity has just been published to coincide with the introduction of this bill.

Source: The Guardian, 22 June 2005


Read the Children’s Food Bill

The Children’s Food Bill Campaign has a link to the Bill on its campaign website, along with press releases, news and links to its publications.

Source: Sustainweb website


Children’s Food Bill re-introduced to Parliament as report tells MPs that voluntary approaches do not work

Here you will find a summary of the bill and a background to the events and publications leading up to its introduction. There is also a link to a colourful summary of the bill that was distributed to politicians.

Source: Sustainweb press release, 22 June 2005


The Children’s Food Bill – Why we need a new law, not more voluntary approaches (PDF)

This colourful summary of the bill was sent to all UK politicians when the Bill was reintroduced. It covers the rapid acceleration of childhood obesity and why this is occuring, how the Food Bill will address these causes, the UK government’s current approach, why voluntary approaches aren’t working, and arguments against the Bill.

Source: Sustainweb website, 22 June 2005

Published on June 22, 2005 in International news