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

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



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.

Further sessions on                                                                                                                              


  • Promoting healthy choices in-store;
  • HFSS product taxation - consumer response to the sugar tax and the potential for further measures; and
  • Promoting healthy, balanced diets - nutrition labelling, portion sizes and out-of-home.

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:


  • 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.


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

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

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