The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has urged Public Health England (PHE) to avoid the imposition of "vague and unworkable measures" when it comes to regulations aimed at reducing childhood obesity.
The House of Commons Select Committee published its report on childhood obesity today, making a number of recommendations including changes to legislation to include health as a planning consideration, and recommendations on portion sizes.
The report recommended the Government draw up measures to implement a cap on portion sizes, "to be introduced if swift progress on portion sizing is not achieved by voluntary means".
It also repeated its call for change to planning legislation to include health as a material planning consideration to make it easier for local authorities to limit unhealthy food outlets in their areas.
The ALMR warned about the introduction of measures that could stifle trade and increase burdens for employers.
ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: "The licensed hospitality sector is ready and willing to work alongside the Government to tackle childhood obesity, but we are wary about the introduction of legislative burdens that could restrict trade and increase financial pressure on businesses.
"Other recommendations such as a cap on portion sizes have the potential to be onerous and unworkable for businesses already working hard to provide healthier options and alternatives for customers.
"The ALMR has met with Public Health England on multiple occasions to help deliver workable solutions and we will continue to work closely with both local and national authorities. The sector is already working hard to promote healthier attitudes to food and is ready to do even more; but we must avoid the blanket imposition of vague and unworkable measures that undermine businesses without delivering on the scheme's aims for children."
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