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Cheshire council supports plans to restrict junk food marketing

Cheshire West and Chester Council has backed the government’s restrictions on the marketing of food or drinks which are high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS), which is set to be introduced in October.

The government has said that these restrictions could reduce over consumption of unhealthy food and drinks, since HFSS advertising can influence children’s food choices.

HFSS restrictions would apply to medium and large retailers in a measure which is part of the government’s strategy to tackle obesity.

Retailers would be required to phase out their multibuy promotions on any such products, such as a ‘buy one, get one free’ type deal.

The restrictions on promotions of these products would also prevent them from being placed in key locations, such as the end of an aisle, checkouts or store entrances and online equivalents.

Meanwhile, bottomless cup type deals, where people can refill sugary soft drinks in restaurants, would also be banned under the new restrictions.

The restrictions would also involve banning any HFSS advertising on TV or on-demand TV before the 9pm watershed and also in relation to paid-for online advertising.

The government hopes that the restrictions would help to improve the nation’s health.

Commenting, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Louise Gittins said:

“The pandemic and resulting lockdowns have been hard on both the physical and mental health of our residents, particularly our children.

“In West Cheshire, we have seen a marked rise in the number of children who are not able to enjoy living with a healthy weight.

“As a place, we are doing as much as we can to improve the health and wellbeing of our population, but there are factors out of our control.

“Restricting junk food marketing has the potential to significantly improve health and I would like to see that these regulations remain a priority.”

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