The NHS England ban on the sale of sugary drinks has been written into the updated Standard Contract for hospitals and the new rules will come into force later this year. Read Sustain's response.
Consumers' Christmas turkey could have been washed in four disinfectants if the UK agrees a post-Brexit trade deal with the USA, according to a new briefing paper by leading food policy experts.
New research reveals that cereal manufacturers are deceiving shoppers by using poor nutrition labelling. Action on Sugar urges food and drinks manufacturers to display colour-coded front of pack labelling across all their products immediately.
A new report from the Campaign for Better Hospital Food looking at how hospitals meet government food standards has received widespread coverage and the backing of chef and TV star Prue Leith. Read on for more coverage of the report.
In response to the Brazilian meat scandal, which involves the world’s biggest beef and chicken exporters, Vicki Hird, Farm Campaign Coordinator of Sustain comments: “The rot exposed at the heart of the Brazilian meat processing industry illustrates well the dangerous impact of a cheap meat supply which drives demand domestically and globally.
The responsibility for hospital food standards officially passed from the Department of Health (DH) to NHS Improvement (NHSI) in February 2017 - despite no-one being in post to take on the work.
Department of Health data released today shows that Government rules for food served to NHS patients are being missed by almost 50% of hospitals in England.
New analysis reveals the shortcomings of the British diet, as reported in a blog by Sustain member Eating Better.
Obesity prevalence for children living in England's most deprived areas is more than double that for children living in the least deprived areas, with boys more at risk than girls.
As part of the Obesity Plan, food manufacturers are called on to remove 20% of sugar from a range of fattening foods by 2020.
Health authorities must make provision for a significant increase in childhood obesity and associated illness, according to a new report from the World Obesity Federation
Restaurants 'risk being named and shamed' in new efforts to encourage businesses to reduce portion sizes as part of Childhood Obesity Plan
The Campaign Better Hospital Food is alarmed by a new study that has found worrying levels of antibiotic-resistant E.coli bacteria in British supermarket meat. We want the NHS to look again at their supply chains and ensure they do not support farming techniques that undermine the antibiotics that our health service relies upon to keep us well.
After a year of waiting, the government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy has at last been published. But this lightweight document contains little to excite those who want to see the UK taking a lead on addressing a health problem that threatens to make our children’s lives shorter, clouded by avoidable disease, and to engulf our national health service.
MPs challenge 'false economy' of reduced support for public health, health education and social care
The number of five-year-olds with tooth decay has dropped to its lowest level in almost a decade -- but this still means that 2.5% of five-year-olds are having teeth removed because of decay.
Sustain member CASH claims that the Government's Responsibility Deal is failing to deliver reduced salt levels in processed foods
The Sustainable Fish Cities campaign today welcomed the UK government's publication of the Eatwell Guide, giving official guidance on what constitutes a healthy diet. For the first time, it recommends eating only sustainably sourced fish, with explanatory notes that promote Marine Stewardship Council's certified sustainable seafood.
Fifty international medical experts have joined forces to call for a ban on the 'just in case' use of antibiotics in farming across Europes, to tackle the rise of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
The House of Commons' Health Committee, appointed to examine the workings of the Department of Health, have criticised the current policy on childhood obesity.
PHE, an executive agency of the Department of Health has warned that five million people in England are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
PHE has published its annual plan setting out how it will protect the public's health and reduce health inequalities in England.
Children’s Food Campaign welcomes the new SACN recommendations for halving the amount of free sugars in children’s diets and minimising consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The government must follow up its acceptance of the report by swiftly introducing effective measures to help families reduce their sugar intake.
Eating Better are campaigning for an update to government dietary guidelines to include sustainability.
Sustain is one of 19 leading health bodies supporting the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists call against £200 million of proposed cuts to public health in England
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food is collecting 45p cheques from members of the public in a bid to protect the closure of kitchens at hospitals in Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford, Chipping Norton and Witney.
NHS England, Public Health England and the charity Diabetes UK are working together to reduce the number of people in England being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that 30-60% reductions in Type 2 diabetes incidence over three years in adults at high risk can be achieved through lifestyle change programmes. These include supporting people at risk to lose weight, exercise more and eat better diets.
Campaign for Better Hospital Food is nominated for a BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Award in the Best Initiative in British Food category.
North East England could save £17 million from regional NHS budget if a sugary drinks duty was introduced
In an article for the Guardian, Prue Leith CBE calls the government's hospital food proposals "hopelessly weak". She calls on it to carry out radical changes to the way that food is served and sold in hospitals in England. This includes investing in more kitchens and setting more ambitious food standards in law. Take action at Sustain's Campaign for Better Hospital Food
Government scientists have reported the first-ever cases of livestock-associated MRSA in pigs in England. This is just weeks after scientists in Europe, where MRSA has been present in pigs for a decade, reported that the same strain of livestock-associated MRSA is evolving to become a serious human hazard.
A new EU report shows for the first time that farm animals account for about two thirds of all antibiotics used in 26 European countries. The joint report by the EU Food Safety Authority, the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control showed that countries that use higher levels of some antibiotics in animals have higher levels of antibiotic resistance in certain bacteria from humans. Contact Vicki@sustainweb.org for full media release. Sustain is part of the Alliance to Save Our Antiobiotics
Why the government must hand responsibility for monitoring hospital food to an independent body.
The reliability of hospital food inspections is questioned after the Daily Mail reveals that they are failing to reflect concerns about the quality of patient meals
Why the government must apply higher standards to hospital food
Why kitchens and NHS caterers are vital to improving the popularity, healthiness and sustainability of hospital food
The Government campaign is encouraging parents to cut back on the amount of sugar in their children’s diets by swapping sweetened foods for healthier alternatives.
The panel, which was set up by the Department of Health in December 2013, has published its report and recommends five legally-binding food standards for food served and sold in hospitals in England. The five recommendations were selected from over 50 food quality standards. The panel has also recommended all hospitals develop a food and drink policy that aims to encourage healthy eating, high-quality food production, sustainability and excellent nutritional care. According to the Department of Health, hospitals that do not meet the standards will be in breach of their commissioning contract (usually held with a clinical commissioning group), and commissioners will therefore be able to take contractual action against them.
The pledges include: producers calling time on super-strength products in large cans; retailers committing to the responsible display and promotion of alcohol in shops and supermarkets; and pubs and bars making sure they stock house wines below 12.5% ABV and promote lower-alcohol products to customers. Initial funding of £250,000 will be provided by industry for alcohol education programmes in schools. Grants will be available to give 10,000 people a qualification that will help enforce responsible drinking by 2016.
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