Food firms should face legal limits on how much fat, salt and sugar they can put in their products to save the NHS money and help tackle illness, Labour's health spokesman has proposed.
Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said the "shocking" amount of sugar in many foodstuffs was hidden from consumers, but was so great that ministers had to intervene. He is the first senior politician in Britain to argue for government regulation of the food industry to force through the widespread reformulation of products. The issue is highly sensitive for manufacturers since they are aware that a consumer backlash against changes to the flavour of foods could affect company profits.
Burnham said: "Consumers need more help to choose health. But there should be some maximums for sugar, salt and fat. I think I have been persuaded of the case for this.
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