Notify me

Sign up to be informed about FOE activities, and receive our newsletter.

* indicates required

Don't worry; we won't abuse your email address. Read our privacy statement.

UK: NICE guidelines for healthier food

Cut fat and salt now to save lives’ – UK watchdog

Science Media Centre has comments from New Zealand health experts on an important new report from the UK:

“A hard-hitting report from the UK health watchdog group National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) calls on government and the food industry to cut salt and fat from processed foods — a move it says would save tens of thousands of lives a year.”

The report also calls for traffic light labelling, reductions in the cost of healthier food, and banning of junk food ads on TV before 9 pm.

FOE’s Dr Robyn Toomath says:

“This piece of news is very significant – not so much for what is being recommended but because these are coming from the NICE group. Public health experts have always known that the way to improve the diet of the population is not through persuading individuals to change behaviour but rather in creating a supportive environment that affects everyone. Clear traffic light labelling is key to this approach as a means of inducing food manufacturers to reformulate their products with lower fat/salt and sugar content in order to avoid a red traffic light label.”

Read the comments: Science Media Centre, 24 June 2010

Food fight

A Nelson Mail bogger agrees with the NICE recommendations. She writes:

“The watchdog argued that it’s time to move past the idea of the individual consumer into thinking about the health of us all. Who do you think has the most interest in your health? The government? Or the food industry? Who is paying for your brand-new stent, your diabetes medication and your bowel surgery? We think we have free will…”

Read more: Nelson Mail blog, 23 June 2010

UK: Cut salt and saturated fat levels in processed food to save thousands of lives, says NICE

New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) focuses mainly on food production and its influence on the nation’s diet.

The NICE recommendations are aimed at making small changes across the whole population, because these will translate into very big improvements in health overall.

The NICE guidance also considered the evidence on wider policy actions that can support a healthier food environment, such as:

  • Extending restrictions on TV advertising for foods high in saturated fats, salt and sugar to 9pm to protect children
  • Establishing the Food Standards Agency’s front-of-pack traffic light labelling system as the national standard for food and drink products in England, and considering using legislation to ensure universal implementation
  • Encouraging local planning authorities to restrict planning permission for take-aways and other food retail outlets in specific areas.

Read the NICE press release, 22 June 2010

UK: 40,000 deaths a year due to junk food, says health watchdog Nice

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence says that unhealthy foods have wreaked a “terrible toll of ill health” on the nation and placed a “substantial” strain on the economy.  It recommends ways to prevent to this.

Read more: The Telegraph, 22 June 2010

UK: Convenience food changes could save ‘thousands of lives’

Health watchdog, NICE, attacks the food industry in hard hitting report –  but is dismissed by the government as having over-reached itself.

 Read more: The Guardian, 22 June 2010

UK: Food and health: Who has the guts to take on junk fare?

The Guardian has more about the NICE report, including the Government’s negative reaction compared to its positive response to previous NICE reports.

Read more: The Guardian, 27 June 2010

Published on July 25, 2010 in International news