Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


27 MAR 2018

Diabetes

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about food labelling and the campaign by Diabetes UK.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Health and Social Care is of interest:

The Government has not had any recent discussions with the food and drinks industry about food labelling on pre-packaged foods or food sold in restaurants, cafes or takeaways. There are already mandatory requirements for nutrient labels on pre-packaged foods, and the food and drink industry itself is making significant progress to improve food labels, and introduce clear nutritional labels on the front of packages. So far, around two-thirds of pre-packaged food and drinks on the market have front of pack nutritional labels, and around a quarter of food consumed outside the home have calorie labels at the point of sale, such as cafe menus.
The Government has made no central assessment of the merits of introducing mandatory dietary guidelines or labels on fast food packaging, however once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, we will have greater flexibility over what information should be presented of packaged food, and how it should be displayed. The current growth of nutritional labels on food has been a great success, and the Government has suggested the possibility of introducing clearer, visual labels, such as teaspoons of sugar to help people make healthy choices in their shopping.

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