No deal Brexit ‘disastrous’ for industry, says FDF response to report

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has responded to the latest report detailing the consequences of a no deal Brexit for business in the UK. The report, by the Committee on Exiting the EU, has warned that a no deal Brexit would be the ‘most economically damaging outcome for the UK’, with the effect more noticeable in the North East and West Midlands. It also found that the food and drink sector...Read more

Caterers urged to play part in move to ‘less but better’ meat and dairy

Public sector caterers, public health bodies, farmers, MPs, environmentalists and animal welfare experts have set out actions to improve what we eat under the umbrella of the Eating Better alliance of more than 60 organisations. The alliance’s set of actions titled ‘Better by half: A roadmap to less and better meat and dairy’ was launched at an event for businesses, MPs, NGOs and others in...Read more

78% of Brits don't understand nutrition guidelines, research reveals

Brits may be at risk of serious illnesses as new research by Spoon Guru, the London-based technology start-up, has discovered that 78% of consumers don’t understand the daily recommended levels of salt, fat and sugar consumption guidelines. It surveyed 2,000 participants from the UK to investigate their spending habits and motivations for purchasing food over the last 12 months (May 2018-May 2019...Read more

Healthy Schools Rating Scheme published

The long-awaited Healthy Schools Rating Scheme has been published (8 July) by The Department for Education. The voluntary scheme asks for schools to complete a survey with questions such as whether healthy eating is a curriculum policy, whether food is grown on-site for school meals and how much time is spent on PE during the week. Schools taking part will get a bespoke report and a rating (gold...Read more

Obesity causes more cases of some cancers than smoking, warns charity

Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to Cancer Research UK. It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one. Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: "As smoking rates fall and obesity rates rise, we can clearly see the impact on a national health crisis when...Read more