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U.K. Government Proposes Restrictions on Retail Sales Of Junk Snacks

December 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s COVID-induced pledge this year to reduce levels of excess weight and obesity, supermarkets in England will be barred starting in April 2022 from displaying unhealthy food and drinks at checkouts or using them in buy one, get one free offers. The proposed government check-out restrictions, praised by health advocates as a “bold first step,” will also apply to other sales-boosting locations such as the entrances to stores or at the end of aisles. Similar rules will apply to websites, banning sales links to unhealthy foods on places such as homepages, or at checkout or payment pages. Restaurants will no longer be able to offer free refills of sugary drinks. Sixty-three percent of British adults are classified as overweight or living with obesity; a third of children leave primary school overweight or obese.
Pete Walker, "Unhealthy snacks to be banned from checkouts at supermarkets in England", The Guardian (London), December 28, 2020, © Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies
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