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Once-a-week foods welcomed

Commenting on the decision by the manufacturer of some ready-made sauces to recommend its products be eaten no more than once a week, Professor Simon Capewell, Vice President for Policy at the UK Faculty of Public Health, said: "This announcement is a welcome step in the right direction. We also need tighter rules about how unhealthy foods are marketed and advertised to children.

"Although regulations prevent broadcasting adverts for unhealthy foods during and around programmes for children and young people, they also watch programmes during ‘adult’ commercial airtime, peaking between 8 and 9pm. The number of children watching programmes aimed at a general, rather than child, audience is often much higher.

"Online marketing rules are self-regulated by the food industry and don’t distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods. There should be a ban on advertising foods high in sugar, salt and fat before the 9pm watershed to protect our children. Tighter online marketing regulations of these unhealthy foods should either be independently enforced or monitored."

Written: 15/04/2016 , last modified: 20/05/2016