Carbohydrate & Health - SACN and PHE reports
27 Oct 2015 17:00-18:30
Committee Room 18, House of Commons
Members met on 27 October to discuss the Carbohydate and Health report published in the summer by the Scientific Advisory Council on Nutrition (SACN) and the Public Health England report setting out the evidence on options for reducing sugar consumption in the UK, published on 22 October 2015. The guest speakers were Professor Ian Macdonald, chair of the SACN Carbohydrate and Health Working Group, and Dr Alison Tedstone, National Lead Diet & Obesity/Chief Nutritionist at Public Health England (PHE). The meeting was chaired by Lord Rea, who thanked the speakers for setting out so clearly SACN’s recommendations on fibre and sugar and PHE’s findings on the relative effectiveness of different policies for reducing sugar consumption in the UK. PHE has ranked food reformulation and tackling advertising and food promotions above a tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) in terms of the effectiveness of different options for reducing sugar consumption in the UK, although it believes there is evidence to support a tax on SSBs in the UK. PHE takes the view that the other measures could be very helpful in reducing sugar consumption even if a tax on SSBs is not introduced, which is significant given that the Prime Minister has ruled out the introduction of such a tax.
Slides - Dr Alison Tedstone (935k)