Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report
20 December 2018
We were pleased to see salt, sugar and saturated fat highlighted as key areas of concern in the Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report. Of the 15 recommendations aiming to prioritise health as the nation’s primary asset, two specifically mentioned salt:
I recommend that HM Government review the use of fiscal disincentives in relation to foods that are high in sugar and salt and also incentives to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
I recommend that in 2019, HM Government through Public Heath England need to set more ambitious targets for salt reduction in food. This should apply equally to the out-of-home sector, which has lagged behind. If these targets are not met then they should be mandated and a range of other interventions considered, including mandating front on pack labelling
Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chair of Action on Salt says: “We strongly support the call by the Chief Medical Officer for mandated targets for salt, sugar and calories, particularly given the very weak approach of PHE in enforcing the current voluntary programmes. Unhealthy food – that is, foods that are high in salt, sugar and calories – is now the major cause of death and disability in the UK. Salt leads to raised blood pressure, which is the biggest cause of strokes and heart disease. Too much sugar and calories leads to obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and cancer. We are now calling on the government and the food industry to take immediate action and prevent all these unnecessary deaths and suffering.”
Read the full report here