& # 39; Pudding tax & # 39; on the menu as treats sweeter despite goals for cutting sugar



LAnnual figures – the first since the targets were introduced – showed a decrease of only 2 percent, against a target of the first year of 5 percent, without changes in the sugar content of chocolates or biscuits, while puddings became even sweeter.

"Puddings went the wrong way," said Dr. Tedstone, and said that the "jury was not there" or the results of this year, which were expected in the spring, would improve sufficiently.

The obesity strategy in children has already warned that & quot; mandatory & tax levers & # 39; could be introduced if the food industry does not make sufficient changes.

"We were happy to see that," said Dr. Tedstone. "If no progress is made in the categories within the sugar reduction program, that would be the obvious place to start."

Last week, The Telegraph unveiled new calorie caps set up by PHE, which would reduce the content in thousands of meals from restaurants and supermarkets.

The proposed limits for 2,024 would mean sandwiches would be capped at 550 calories, with a limit of 544 calories for each ready meal and a maximum of 951 calories for a restaurant main meal.


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