CRACKING DOWN ON SNACKS

A new Government campaign against child obesity in the UK will see the two-for-one junk food deals, and the selling of confectionery around checkouts banned.

It is reported that from 2020, foods high in sugar and salt will be removed from the checkouts, a ban put in place by health secretary Jeremy Hunt. The ministers are also seeking to ban cartoons and celebrities from promoting junk food and making it illegal to sell energy drinks to children under 16.

“Where food is placed in shops and how it is promoted can influence the way we shop and it is more common for HFSS (high in fat sugar and salt) products to be placed in the most prominent places in store as well as sold on promotion, eg with ‘buy one get one free’ offers.”