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Policy on high fat, sugar and salt foods

Date: 10 Dec 2015

This conference will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to assess the future of policy and industry practice relating to high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) foods.

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's recent report into carbohydrates and health, calling for average consumption of free sugars to be halved to 5% of energy intake, and for sugary drink intake to be minimised and fibre increased.

Delegates will look at the next steps for the Public Health Responsibility Deal on food and drink businesses, particularly in terms of industry targets for calorie and salt reduction. The agenda will also include discussions on potential alternative methods for reducing HFSS within foods following research by Public Health England into suggested tax regulations, and the recent development of a nutrient profile model by the WHO Regional Office for Europe - which is designed to restrict the marketing of foods to children across Member States.

Further planned sessions will also consider latest thinking on the impact of branding and the marketing of HFSS foods on consumer behaviour patterns, as well as the influence of the public sector.

We are delighted that Dr Alison Tedstone, Chief Nutritionist, Public Health England; Sue Davies, Chief Policy Advisor, Which? and Professor Judy Buttriss, Director General, British Nutrition Foundation have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar, together with a senior speaker confirmed from the Food and Drink Federation.