Action on Sugar held a panel discussion at St Bartholomew's Hospital Great Hall in West Smithfield, London. Founded in 1123 and rebuilt to designs of James Gibbs. The Grade I listed North Wing showcases spectacular canvases by William Hogarth and the historic Great Hall.
The reception was hosted by Amanda Ursell and was well attended by the food and drink industry, NGOs and health care professionals, as well as members of parliament.
We were fortunate to have a great line up of speakers, with varied backgrounds and expertise, who each gave their perspective on our discussion topic, 'Reformulation- from policy to process'. Our panel guests were:
- Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party - What would a Government need to do to halt the rise in Type 2 diabetes within one 5 year Parliamentary term?
- Priya Tew, Dietitian, BBCs ‘Eat well for less’ - How important is reformulation and clear labelling in reducing obesity?
- Cathy Port, Head of Category for Sweet and Impulse, Costa - Are mandatory targets and measures preferable to voluntary, and what role can the food and drink industry play to support the public in consuming less sugar?
- Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman of Action on Sugar - What effect does excess sugar and calorie intake have on our health and what is the impact on the NHS?
Exhibiting and supporting our event were Change4Life, Barts Community Smiles, Blood Pressure UK, Peppersmith, Waitrose & Partners, FoodSwitch and Scrummptious Cakes.