Health chiefs in new push for menu calorie labelling

first_imgGovernment health bosses are to start consultations over calorie labelling on restaurant, café and takeaway menus as part of new plans aimed at combatting childhood obesity.This is one of the measures outlined in the second part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action, which was published yesterday (24 June). Also among the new proposals are:A ban on ‘unlimited refills of unhealthy foods and drinks’A ban on displaying ‘unhealthy food’ at checkouts or including it in buy-one-get-one-free dealsA ban on the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to childrenTV and online ad restrictions to prevent children from being targeted by these ‘unhealthy products’Getting young children more active at school“One in three children are now overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school,” said public health minister Steve Brine. “Overconsumption, combined with reduced activity, is having a catastrophic effect on our children’s health.”The plans have raised concerns among food and drink suppliers, who are already working to reformulate products to meet sugar and calorie-reduction targets.While welcoming the government’s commitment to a full consultation on the proposals, Food & Drink Federation corporate affairs director Tim Rycroft said: “There will be deep disquiet in the food and drink manufacturing sector today.“Advertising and promotions underpin the healthy, vibrant and innovative market for food and drink that UK shoppers love. If government restricts our ability to advertise and promote new healthier options to shoppers, it could risk the success of the reformulation programme.  Any further restrictions will have to pass stern tests around targeting and effectiveness.”With regards to nutritional labelling on menus, the government said around a quarter of food bought to eat outside the home has calorie labelling at the point of sale or choice, such as on a menu. It added that this information is often given in inconsistent ways.The government plans to introduce legislation to make consistent calorie labelling mandatory in England for the out of home sector and will consult, before the end of this year, on the best way to implement calorie labelling.It added, however, that as the cost of compliance could be disproportionately high for micro-businesses (those with less than 10 staff) it would be consulting on whether micro-businesses should be excluded or given a longer implementation period.“We also intend to provide guidance and methodology to help businesses calculate calorie information,” it said.In good news for business such as Finsbury Foods, which produces licensed character cakes, the government said there were currently no plans to ban the use of licensed characters, cartoon characters and celebrities to promote high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products. Research is continuing on the effect of marketing and advertising on children, however.Also being consulted on is the introduction of a 9pm watershed for online and TV advertising of HFSS products for children.And the government plans to ban price promotions, such as buy-one-get-one-free, multi-buy offers and unlimited refills of unhealthy foods and drinks, in the retail and out of home sector through legislation.“In doing so, we aim to stop promotions that encourage bulk buying and over-consumption of unhealthy products,” it stated. “It is not our intention to make food for families eating out as a treat more expensive so offers such as ‘kids eat free’ are not within scope.”Also in the government’s plans is a ban on the promotion of unhealthy food and drink at checkouts, the end of aisles and store entrances, and a similar approach to online shopping.“Parents want what is best for their children, but keeping them healthy and active can be difficult,” said Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health.“It is near impossible to shield children from exposure to unhealthy foods. Parents are asking for help – we know that over three-quarters of parents find offers for sugary sweets and snacks at checkouts annoying.“It’s our job to give power to parents to make healthier choices, and to make their life easier in doing so.”last_img read more

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Cricket News India vs Pak World Cup clash: BCCI writes to ICC, wants to sever ties with nations backing terrorism

first_imghighlights New Delhi: In a major development, Rahul Johri, the CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to the ICC regarding the India vs Pakistan clash which will be played in Manchester on June 16. In a letter accessed by News Nation, Johri wrote a letter to Shashank Manohar, the ICC Independent Chairman, Dave Richardson, who is the outgoing ICC CEO, Colin Graves, the Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board as well as ICC Cricket World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy. In that, Johri mentioned that the BCCI is concerned for the safety of the players and the match officials in the match which has already seen about 400,000 ticket applications. The letter mentioned that the United Kingdom, the country which is hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup this time, has condemned the terror attacks in Pulwama which killed 40 CRPF jawans. Johri went one step further. Without naming Pakistan, he said ICC cricketing nations should sever ties with countries from where terrorism emanates.In the wake of Pulwama Terror Attack earlier this month, the calls for boycotting Pakistan at the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019 are peeking with each passing day. The pressure on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is increasing with each passing day. However, the government has warned the board to act wisely and not take any decision hurriedly as the decision can lead to India suffering.As per the reports by NDTV, boycotting Pakistan clash in World Cup can draw a furious reaction from ICC and BCCI could be handed a ban by the international body. The Pulwama terror attack, which saw 40 CRPF soldiers attain martyrdom after a suicide bombing attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, has evoked the emotions of millions across the country. A government source believes that if India boycotts the encounter against the men-in-green, it may lead to a ban for life for BCCI. India vs Pakistan clash will take place on June 16.The Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.BCCI are apparently planning to ban Pakistan from the ICC Cricket World Cup. Shoaib Akhtar has condemned the death of 40 CRPF jawans in the Pulwama Terror Attack on 14th February and also suggested that team India has all right to pull out of the game against Pakistan in World Cup which is scheduled to be played on June 16. However, he did say that BCCI would want to participate in the clash against Pakistan eyeing monetary gains.Akhtar, during a conversation with a Pakistani news channel, revealed that BCCI has expressed their urge at playing a bilateral series against Pakistan, but the Indian government has denied it every time. The Rawalpindi Express reckons that had India and Pakistan resumed their cricketing ties the broadcasters and BCCI would have earned the maximum money.”Honest reply, BCCI wants to play with Pakistan, the government says no. Had they played with Pakistan, Star Sports and BCCI would have earned the maximum revenue. The series would have a monetary value of 600 million dollars. Do you think they don’t? Of course, they want that. Now speaking on part of their argument, they want to play with Pakistan. Our Pakistan board had mentioned that they want to play a bilateral series and you cannot deny it although the series can be held at a different venue altogether. But they have said that they have a board to run which falls under Supreme Court. That is their argument and that is logical,” opined Akhtar. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Red Force batting fails again  to finish on 161 for 7 on day one

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC )– Beleaguered Trinidad and Tobago Red Force struggled with the bat on the opening day of their sixth round contest against Leeward Islands Hurricanes here Thursday.Lying fifth in the six-team standings with just one win this season, Red Force failed to overcome their woes and finished the day on 161 for seven, following a delayed start at Warner Park which saw play start 1-½ hours late.Isaiah Rajah, in his first four-day appearance in two years, top-scored with 41 while Joshua DaSilva stroked 37 and veteran right-hander Jason Mohammed, 30.Fast bowler Jeremiah Louis spearheaded the attack with three for 32 while new-ball partner Sheno Berridge supported with two for 50.Bidding to turn their disastrous season around, Red Force suffered an early blow when they lost Jeremy Solozano for six with the score on seven in the sixth over of the day, steering Louis to gully where Montcin Hodge took a low catch.Left-hander Rajah then helped repair the damage, first by adding 33 for the second wicket with captain Yannick Ottley (12) and then by putting on a further 51 in a third wicket stand with Mohammed.All told, the 26-year-old Rajah faced 102 balls and struck four fours and a six before he was third out, caught low down by wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton diving to his left, off Berridge in the third over after tea.Ottley had earlier perished at the hands of seamer Nino Henry before the interval, slapping a rank long hop to cover.Mohammed faced 78 deliveries, counting two fours and sixes but failed to build on the start when he was bowled by Louis, offering no shot and losing his off stump.DaSilva then attempted to shepherd the middle order until he was the day’s final victim, drawn into a false stroke by Louis and taken behind by Hamilton.last_img read more

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Syracuse women’s lacrosse gets 3 former players named to U.S. World Cup roster

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Three former Syracuse All-Americans were named to the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team this Wednesday. Becca Block ’13, Michelle Tumolo ’13 and Kayla Treanor ’16 were among the 18 players named to the team that will compete in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup. The World Cup will take place in Guildford, England from July 12-22.The players were chosen from a 25-player U.S. World Cup Training team that competed at the Team USA Spring Premiere last weekend. The U.S. has won seven of the nine World Cups, since the event began in 1982.This is the first FIL Women’s World Cup for all three Syracuse players. Treanor tallied six points on four goals and two assists at the Spring Premiere, and Tumolo added two assists.Two alternates for the World Cup will be named next week, and the 15-player roster that will compete in Wroclaw, Poland for the World Games will also be named. The World Games will take place in July as well. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on January 18, 2017 at 12:32 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more

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