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U.K. Initiative On Obesity Riles Snack Makers

July 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Arguing that the harsh impact of the coronavirus pandemic is bad enough, the snack industry says government-imposed restrictions on foods and beverages would further harm the nation’s consumers and economy. The European Snacks Association (ESA) and the Snack, Nut and Crisp Manufacturers Association (SNACMA) have endorsed the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) position that PM Boris Johnson’s obesity plan would deal a “punishing blow” to a struggling economy. The goal of Johnson’s Better Health campaign is to tackle the nation’s increasing obesity problem, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak. As part of the program, “junk” food advertising will be banned online and before the 9 pm time slot on television. A Public Health England study reported recently that a diagnosis of “medically obese” increases the risk of death from coronavirus by 40 percent. Thirty-six percent of U.K. adults are overweight, and 28 percent are obese.[Image Credit: © Vidmir Raic from Pixabay]
Gill Hyslop, "Savory snacks sector weighs in on expected ‘disruptive approach’ of U.K.’s obesity crackdown", BakeryAndSnacks.com, July 27, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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