Thousands of tonnes of saturated fat to be taken out of the nation’s diet – Press releases – GOV.UK

Schematic detail of adjoining saturated carbon...

Schematic detail of adjoining saturated carbon atoms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: Keep Calm and Carry On UK government poster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This press release from the UK’s Department of Health (DOH)  is a MUST READ article in my view. Check it out!

 

via Thousands of tonnes of saturated fat to be taken out of the nation’s diet – Press releases – GOV.UK.

 

As I read the article, my initial reaction was that the DOH should be congratulated on an excellent initiative and then my my pondered the wider social implications.

 

As I read the list of major companies and their products cited in the press release, I got more angry.

 

At the simplest level, I wonder if consumers realize that these products are harmful? Should they contain health warnings like cigarettes?

 

Then I focused on the quantity of saturated fat to be taken from the nation’s diet. What the spin-masters at the DOH failed to identify was whether this represented 1%, 10% or 50% of the nation’s consumption of saturated fat. So my personal conclusion is that the result is probably a compromise following heavy lobbying from the food industry.

 

Let me turn this to an open question:

 

How should the UK Government effectively regulate to eliminate harmful products and substances from the human health chain?

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Any thoughts?

 

 

 

 

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2 responses

  1. Dr Alf’s open question has a simple answer which is variable taxes on foods sufficient to deter people from eating anything with too much fat, salt, sugar, e-numbers and harmful chemicals.

    Food manufacturers would be forced to make changes and adopt clearer labeling if they wanted their food re-categorized for tax purposes or lose market share.

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