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Letters Sugar and portion reduction by food industry

Voluntary targets for food companies will not end childhood obesity

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 16 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6068
  1. Nick Spencer, emeritus professor of child health1,
  2. Luis Rajmil, senior researcher2
  1. 1Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 9JD, UK
  2. 2Hospital del Mar Institute of Biomedical Research, Barcelona, Spain
  1. n.j.spencer{at}

The government has asked the food industry to cut sugar by 20% and to reduce portions in England.1 The voluntary measures proposed have been criticised by several organisations on the grounds that compulsory and measured targets for the reduction of sugar and other nutrients are needed across the whole of …

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