Lords Committee to take stock of sugar tax

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The House of Lords Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment will hear from public health experts and food and drinks manufacturers on the status of the sugar tax.

Kate Halliwell, head of diet and health policy at the trade body Food and Drink Federation, will attend the evidence session scheduled for tomorrow (11 February). Representatives from various public health charities will also participate in the session.

The Committee is looking at the effectiveness of sugar tax and salt reduction targets, and the impact of public health behaviour change campaigns. It also seeks opinions on the balance between voluntary targets or enforced reductions in salt, sugar and calories.

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy, commonly referred to as the ‘sugar tax’, has come into effect on 6 April 2018.