The Oral Health Foundation is calling on the government to tackle the junk food industry in a bid to improve the nation’s oral health, following the publication of a new independent report.
The landmark report by the National Food Strategy, found that poor diet contributes to around 64,000 deaths every year in England alone and costs the economy an estimated £74 billion.
Led by food entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby, the report focused heavily on highly processed junk food which are often high in salt, refined carbohydrates, sugar and fats.
The Oral Health Foundation is supporting the report, which recommends the introduction of a sugar and salt reformulation tax, designed to force manufacturers to make the food they sell to consumers healthier.
The new tax would encourage manufacturers to reduce the levels of sugar and salt in their products by reformulating their recipes or reducing their portion sizes.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, be…
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