In response to Public Health England’s publication of calorie reduction guidelines for the food industry, Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead at the Obesity Health Alliance said:

“It’s much harder to eat healthily when so much of the food available to us is over-loaded with excess calories. To improve our nation’s health now and in the longer term, the food industry must play their role to make the food they produce healthier.

“Industry has been consulted extensively on these new targets and as such we expect them to step up and meet the targets on time and in full. But this is ultimately a voluntary programme, which is why we need the government to clearly commit to sanctions for companies that do not take the responsible approach such as fines and levies.”