Researchers from LIDA applied the rules in the policy proposal to a database containing 45,000 food and drink products, to understand implementation feasibility from a retailer perspective. They found the data available to retailers to be insufficient to apply the rules set out by the proposal. This would see some products incorrectly promoted, and vice versa.
Lead researcher Vicki Jenneson also spoke with food industry Nutritionists from 6 UK retail and manufacturing businesses, to understand how implementation challenges could be addressed.
She explains “We recommend a review of the legislative basis to establish rules which align public health benefit with data feasibility.
Government support is needed, in the form of a free-to-use tool for consistent automated product assessment, and development of a data sharing platform, accessible to industry and the legislator.”
For further information please contact Vicki Jenneson