The Food Standards Agency has renewed calls for manufacturers to cut saturated fat in sweet foods and make available more single-portion sizes.
The body wants to see satfats cut by least 10% in chocolate confectionery, plain sweet and savoury biscuits and plain cakes; a 5% reduction in non-plain biscuits and cakes; and single-size portions of 250ml in soft drinks with added sugar.
Further recommendations for dairy, meat products, pastry and savoury snacks will be announced in the summer.
“The recommendations recognise and welcome the progress that many food companies have already made and challenge the food industry to move towards healthier products,” the body said.
Julian Hunt of the Food & Drink Federation added: “Our members have been rising to this particular challenge for a number of years – and are now leading the world when it comes to developing new products and refreshing old favourites.”
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