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High fat, sugar and salt policy in the UK - progress and impact, new initiatives, and the future regulatory framework

This seminar will discuss the priorities for meeting high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) reduction targets in the UK.

The agenda and keynote speakers   

Next steps for HFSS policy in the UK - with Vicki Coulton, Childhood Obesity, Global and Public Health Group, Department of Health and Social Care;

Meeting deadlines for sugar and calorie reduction - with Dean Hochlaf, Researcher, Work and Welfare Team, IPPR;

Regulating the food environment - with Hilary Ross, Executive Partner and Head of Retail, Food and Hospitality, DWF;

Broadcasters, marketing and HFSS advertising regulation - with Magnus Brooke, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV;

Practicalities of regulating in-store HFSS product placement and promotional offers - with James Lowman, Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores;

Reformulating popular products - nutritional content, customer reaction, challenges and lessons learnt - with Dr Sue Gatenby, Senior Director, Nutrition Sciences, PepsiCo; and

Local initiatives, innovative planning processes and public health - with Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor, Communities, Equalities and Public Health, Bristol City Council.

We expect discussion on reducing HFSS content of popular products whilst engaging with consumers and overcoming cost barriers to reformulation - including issues and options for smaller manufacturers with lower capacity in rapid and effective response to changes in regulation and industry practice.

Delegates will also discuss options and the possible scope of further government intervention and voluntary agreements.

It comes with:

  • the Chief Medical Officer asked to review what more is required to meet the Government’s target of halving child obesity by 2030;
  • the impact being felt of the tax on sugary drinks; and
  • calls for further government regulation on HFSS and ultra-processed food products.

Assessing further options for regulation in the food environment

Attendees will consider the role of broadcasters, media and marketing and the future of HFSS advertisement regulation - with the UK Nutrient Profiling Model review expected shortly that will determine which products are considered unhealthy.

We expect discussion to draw on responses to the two recently closed consultations on advertising restrictions for HFSS products and in-store HFSS product placement and promotions.

Delegates will also assess the practicalities involved in regulating in-store product placement and promotional offers and the wider role of retailers in promoting healthy choices - as well as what more should be done to improve the nutritional content of own brand ranges and products made in-store.