Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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

Morning, Thursday, 10th October 2019

Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, St James' Street, London, SW1A 1LR

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This seminar will discuss latest thinking and developments on what more can be done to reduce high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) consumption in the UK - with a focus on the ongoing policy discussion, advertising regulation and priorities for industry.


It follows the recent release of the Government’s Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s green paper - which includes Chapter 3 of the childhood obesity plan - and sets out plans on:


  • Front-of-pack nutritional labelling - with a consultation by the end of 2019 on next steps;
  • Nutritional content of commercially available baby food and drinks - with guidelines due to be published in early 2020;
  • Revised salt reduction targets - to be released in 2020 for industry to achieve by mid-2023; and
  • Reducing sugar - a review on whether the industry have made enough progress.

The agenda and keynote speakers


  • HFSS policy in the UK - with Vicki Coulton, Childhood Obesity, Global and Public Health Group, Department of Health and Social Care;
  • Product reformulation - progress, and the priorities for meeting targets - with Dean Hochlaf, Researcher, Work and Welfare Team, IPPR;
  • Reformulating popular products - nutritional content, customer reaction, challenges and lessons learnt - with Dr Sue Gatenby, Senior Director, Nutrition Sciences, PepsiCo;
  • Promoting healthy choices in-store - and improving the labelling and nutritional content of products - with a senior speaker confirmed from Sainsbury’s;
  • Consumer response to labelling and reformulation changes - and lessons going forward - with Cathy Capelin, Strategic Insight Director, Nutrition, Kantar;
  • HFSS and advertising regulation - developments and priorities for broadcasters - with Magnus Brooke, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV;
  • Local approaches to HFSS reduction - community awareness, innovative planning processes and public health - with Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor, Communities, Equalities and Public Health, Bristol City Council;
  • Regulating in-store HFSS product placement and promotional offers - the practicalities - with James Lowman, Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores;

  • Regulating the food environment - with Hilary Ross, Executive Partner and Head of Retail, Food and Hospitality, DWF;
  • Developing an evidence based approach to nutrition; and
  • Policy initiatives to reduce HFSS consumption from across the UK and abroad - with Claire Pritchard, Chair, London Food Board and Geoff Ogle, Chief Executive, Food Standards Scotland.

HFSS product reformulation, taxation and consumer engagement


Sessions bring out latest thinking on the practical challenges of product reformulation.


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:


  • findings from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition report on Saturated fats and health which maintains current advice that saturated fats should make up no more than around 10% of dietary energy and recommends swapping saturated fats with unsaturated fats, with correlations found between high saturated fat consumption and raised blood cholesterol as well as risk of heart disease;
  • 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 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.


Learning from latest local awareness initiatives and strategies


Further sessions look at local initiatives for boosting community awareness of HFSS, and include case studies from those who have developed healthy eating partnerships and strategies as well as those who have developed innovative planning processes, powers and advertising restrictions.


We also expect discussion on what can be learnt from initiatives such as Scotland’s diet and healthy weight plan - which includes proposals to develop a code of practice with local authorities, transport and media for HFSS advertising restriction - and the impact of the London Food Strategy, which included a plan to ban junk food advertisements on the Transport for London network.



Keynote Speaker

Vicki Coulton

Childhood Obesity, Global and Public Health Group, Department of Health and Social Care

Keynote Speaker

Vicki Coulton

Childhood Obesity, Global and Public Health Group, Department of Health and Social Care

Chairs

Rt Hon the Lord Rooker

former Chair, Food Standards Agency and Member, House of Lords Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment Select Committee

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity and Member, House of Lords Intergenerational Fairness and Provision Select Committee

Speakers

James Lowman

Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores

Cathy Capelin

Strategic Insight Director, Nutrition, Kantar

Dr Sue Gatenby

Senior Director, Nutrition Sciences, PepsiCo

Councillor Asher Craig

Deputy Mayor, Communities, Equalities and Public Health, Bristol City Council

Geoff Ogle

Chief Executive, Food Standards Scotland

Senior speaker confirmed from Sainsbury’s

Dean Hochlaf

Researcher, Work and Welfare Team, IPPR

Magnus Brooke

Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV

Hilary Ross

Executive Partner and Head of Retail, Food and Hospitality, DWF

Claire Pritchard

Chair, London Food Board and Chief Executive Officer, Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency