Date Published: 5 October 2006

UK: Set up of Nutrition Strategy Steering Group (NSSG)

Safe, Healthy Eating and Good Nutrition

The Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health have established a Nutrition Strategy Steering Group (NSSG), jointly chaired by Public Health Minister, Caroline Flint and FSA Chair, Dame Deirdre Hutton.

Bringing together key representatives from industry, consumer and health groups, the NSSG will help drive forward health improvement through diet and nutrition policies including those set out in the Choosing Health white paper.

Following the first meeting, the group agreed to focus on taking forward the (FSA's) commitment to independently assess nutritional front of pack labelling schemes. The NSSG agreed the research objective was ‘to evaluate the impact of 'front of pack' signpost labelling schemes on purchasing behaviour and consumer knowledge’.

Public Health Minister Caroline Flint said:

" Food manufacturers, retailers and representatives of the third sector have a key role to play in helping people make positive steps towards a healthy lifestyle.

_ This group represents a high level commitment across industry and government to ensure the action we take to help people make healthy living choices has the greatest impact."

Food Standards Agency Chair, Deirdre Hutton, said:

" Working in partnership is vital to achieving our shared goal of improving the health of our nation. The NSSG will provide a valuable platform from which we can agree a co-ordinated approach to making healthier eating easier.

_ Setting up independent research to assess front of pack nutritional labelling schemes is the NSSG's first task – the results of which will provide a clear way forward for both Government and industry on this issue."

 

Source: Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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