Monday, June 18, 2018

UK to Ban Candy in Checkout Lanes

Source - Specialty Food News, June 5, 2018

The U.K. government will ban candy in checkout lanes at grocery stores as part of a strategy to fight childhood obesity, reports the Great Lakes Ledger. In addition, the plan may include blocking TV shows from showing ads with sweets before 9 p.m. and banning promotions like "buy one, get one free" for sugary products. Many major supermarket chains in the region also plan to stop selling energy drinks, or any drink with more than 150 milligrams of caffeine per liter, to kids under 16. The government might make the ban industry-wide, as it notes there is a “large numbers of retailers who have not imposed such a restriction,” according to the report.

This measure is to limit children be exposed to unhealthy foods. Quebec has had a ban on fast-food advertising targeted at children under 13 in both printed and electronic media since 1980. A study conducted in 2011 showed that Quebec families purchased 13% less fast food with the help of the ban.

An OECD report from 2017, shows that other countries have banned junk-food advertising aimed at children. Chile, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, and other countries have already taken his step.