UK: Grocers slam proposal to extend sugar tax in Scotland

Published: 06/16/2017, 3:54:31 PM

A new Food Standards Scotland report calling for the sugar tax to be extended beyond soft drinks has been criticised by the Scottish Grocers' Federation (SGF), according to Talking Retail.

The report also recommends reformulating products to reduce sugar, fat and salt, improving portion sizes, addressing less healthy food promotions and introducing a Food Retail Standard to clamp down on the promotion of ‘unhealthy' product ranges in-store.

SGF head of policy and public affairs Dr John Lee said the report ignored "the significant efforts of retailers to actively promote healthy products in-store and the efforts of manufacturers to reformulate products and reduce calories".

"Additionally, extending the sugar tax will make no real or lasting impact on diet-related problems. Improved food education and awareness should be the priority rather than constantly shifting the responsibility for population health onto retailers," he added.