An objection vote on proposals for new laws on the marketing of baby foods and formula within the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, could reduce child obesity rates.
Tomorrow (Thursday 14 January 2015) MEPs will vote on whether to object proposals for new laws on the marketing of baby foods and formulas.
Green MEP for South East England, Keith Taylor, says that one of the reasons he is objecting the proposals is because one of the laws would continue to allow baby foods to contain high levels of sugar to less than 10% energy intake.
This goes against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations of limiting intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake, with less than 5% of energy intake recommended for health benefits.
The European Parliament objection vote, tabled by MEP Keith Taylor, will assist with baby foods and formula to be in-line with WHO’s recommendations and reduce the level of child obesity.
On his website, MEP Keith Taylor said: “The introduction of foods with such a high sugar content – especially so early – is likely to contribute to the rising levels of childhood obesity and may affect the developing taste preferences of children. For infants and young children in particular, added sugar levels, should be kept to a minimum.”
A debate on the marketing law proposals, held in December, saw six MEPs supporting Keith Taylor’s objections and six other MEPs sharing the industry’s view that marketing baby foods and formula was “controlled enough”.
If the objection vote is supported by enough MEPs within the committee, the proposals will be voted by the whole parliament in Strasbourg next week.
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