Sweets to be banned from checkouts?
According to a minister at the Department of Health, retailers have a "responsibility" to help people eat healthily and their cynical shop layouts create problems for parents of young children.
Anna Soubry MP has revealed plans for a new industry code of practice in which stores will be encouraged to stop forcing customers past rows of unhealthy foods, limit or remove promotional deals on fatty products and to spend a fixed amount of their marketing budgets on lower-calorie options.
Miss Soubry told the Daily Mail: "Supermarket checkouts and newsagents can be really tough for parents with their young children. While we all need to take responsibility for our own health and that of our children, things are not helped when tempting treats are put on show when you stand in line waiting to pay.”
All major supermarkets have already agreed to try to stamp out trans fats from their products with the majority also committed to reducing salt in certain categories of food including bread and soups.
The proposed plans will, so far, remain voluntary ‘responsibility deals’ with retailers rather than ‘nanny state’ measures enforced by law. However, we think it might just be easier, and save politicians an awful lot of their valuable time if parents learned this stock phrase: