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?