‘Shrink piz­zas to slash calo­ries’

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HEALTH chiefs have warned that high­calo­rie foods from piz­zas to burg­ers, packs of crisps and ready meals will have to shrink in an at­tack on obe­sity.

The Gov­ern­ment watch­dog, Pub­lic Health Eng­land, is draw­ing up tar­gets to cut the calo­rie con­tent of 75 per cent of food on sale in the high street.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion will press for an over­all re­duc­tion of more than 10 per cent, to be achieved by tak­ing out high calo­rie in­gre­di­ents and shrink­ing prod­ucts. PHE has pre­vi­ously set tar­gets to cut sugar lev­els by 20 per cent on av­er­age in a vast range of prod­ucts, such as choco­late bars and chil­dren’s yo­ghurts.

As a re­sult, fa­mous brands have changed the in­gre­di­ents or cut the size of choco­late bars or the weight of packs of sweets. Now, PHE ex­perts are turn­ing to the likes of piz­zas, ready meals, fast food and shop-bought sand­wiches.

The chief nu­tri­tion­ist at PHE, Dr Ali­son Ted­stone, told The Gro­cer the pro­pos­als would test how far the pub­lic would go to pri­ori­tise a healthy diet.

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