Sugar in Food and Drinks (Targets, Labelling and Advertising) Bill (HC Bill 76)




Require the Secretary of State to set targets for sugar content in food and
drinks; to provide that sugar content on food and drink labelling be
represented in terms of the number of teaspoonfuls of sugar; to provide for
standards of information provision in advertising of food and drinks; and for
connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Targets for sugar content in food

(1) The Secretary of State must, within 3 months of the passing of this Act, exercise
his power under section 6 of the Food Standards Act 1990 to request the Food
Standards Agency (“the Agency”)—

(a) 5to produce advice on sugar content by food category;

(b) to publish and promote the World Health Organisation’s current
guidelines on daily sugar intake and to translate the recommended
daily amounts in grams into teaspoon units at the rate of 4 grams per

(c) 10to calculate and publish the total national annual consumption of sugar
alongside what that total would have been had the nation been
adhering to the World Health Organisation’s recommended daily
sugar intake.

(2) On the basis of the Agency’s advice under subsection 1(a), the Secretary of
15State must, within 6 months of receiving that advice, publish targets for the
total amount of sugar consumed in the UK (“the Targets”).

(3) The purpose of the Targets shall be to achieve, or to help to achieve, an
improvement in public health through an overall reduction in the amount of
sugar ingested by consumers following the introduction of sugar content
20labelling under section 2 and of regulations on food avertisting under section 3.

(4) The Secretary of State must—

(a) consult the Agency before publishing the Targets; and

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(b) lay an annual report on progress towards achieving the Targets before
both Houses of Parliament.

(5) The Secretary of State may amend the Targets if he considers it is necessary to
do so.

2 5Sugar content labelling on food products

(1) Section 16 of the Food Safety Act 1990 is amended as follows.

(2) After subsection 1(e) there is inserted—

(ea) in addition to any regulatory requirements under paragraph
(e), provision for imposing an additional food labelling
10requirement to represent the sugar content in food in teaspoon
units, where one teaspoon equals 4 grams of sugar, and.

3 Advertisement of food containing sugar

The Secretary of State may by regulations make—

(a) provision for requiring the sugar content of food to be declared in any
15advertisement or promotional material;

(b) provision for prohibiting the use of language suggesting that a food is
“healthy” or “low-fat” where the sugar content of the food exceeds 20
per cent.

4 Orders and regulations

(1) 20Any power to make an order or regulations under this Act is exercisable by
statutory instrument.

(2) A statutory instrument containing an order under this Act may not be made
unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by a
resolution of each House of Parliament.

5 25Interpretation

In this Act—

  • “food” has the same meaning as in the Food Safety Act 1990 which, for the
    avoidance of doubt, includes drink products, except that unprocessed
    foodstuffs shall be excluded;

  • 30“food business” has the same meaning as in the Food Safety Act 1990; and

  • “sugar” has the same meaning as in the Food Labelling Regulations 1996.

6 Short title and commencement

This Act may be cited as the Sugar in Food and Drinks (Targets, Labelling and
Advertising) Act 2015.