Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has confirmed that tackling the poor Scottish diet is one of its priorities. It has commissioned the University of Stirling research to understand the complex retail landscape which supports their recommendations to extend the sugar tax beyond soft drinks, reformulate products to reduce sugar and fat and salt, improve portion sizes, address less healthy food promotions and provide clearer consumer information in both the retail and out of home sectors.
The report enforces FSS’s view for the need for change in this sector and a retail revolution. This agrees with FSS’s previous findings showing that in Scotland around 50% of less healthy food categories are purchased on promotion compared with healthier foods.
Dr Gillian Purdon, FSS Senior Dietary Advisor said: “Food Standards Scotland welcomes this report by the University of Stirling. We believe it is vital that action is taken to change the imbalance of in-store promotions in favour of healthier food and that consumers have the clearest possible information to make informed choices.
“The report supports Food Standards Scotland views and recommendations for the need to extend sugar tax beyond soft drinks, to reformulate products to reduce sugar fat and salt, to resize portions, address less healthy food promotion and to provide clearer consumer information on products in both the retail and out of home sectors. This report will help us to develop new approaches to improve the balance of food offered and promoted by the retail sector.
“It is clear that a combination of measures will be needed overall to enable healthier eating. Regulation of promotions of high fat, salt and/or sugar food and drink within retail stores and out of home premises should be taken forward as a priority.”
Source: FSS’s press release