Labour promises healthier food for children and standardised tobacco packaging

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 15 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h268
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The UK Labour Party has pledged to set limits on levels of fat, salt, and sugar allowable in children’s food if it is elected in the May general election.

The party would also introduce standardised tobacco packaging immediately and tackle the price and distribution of high strength, cheap alcohol, it has announced.

The package of public health commitments were unveiled by the shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, in a speech to the Demos think tank on Thursday 15 January. Outlining Labour’s plans to tackle obesity in the United Kingdom, Burnham said that the party would also seek to improve food labelling by introducing a clearer traffic light based system that would give people “better …

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