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More than one and a half Olympic size swimming pools of saturated fat will be removed from the nation's diet over the next year as part of a drive to cut the amount of saturated fat in our food.
Almost half of the food manufacturing and retail industry has signed up to the Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge by agreeing to reduce the amount of saturated fat in our food and change their products to make them healthier.
Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison said:
"One in six male deaths and one in nine female deaths are from coronary heart disease - this is why it's critical that we challenge the way we eat and that we all make changes where we can.
"It's hugely encouraging that companies providing almost half of the food available on the UK market have committed to this new Responsibility Deal pledge and they are leading the way to give their customers healthier products and lower fat alternatives."
Some of the companies removing saturated fat from their products are:
Other companies that have pledged to make changes to their products are:
There are a number of ways that companies can lower the amount of saturated fat in our diets, including reformulating recipes so they include less fat, and introducing new products with lower fat.
Food and Drink Federation Director General, Melanie Leech said:
"Today's announcement yet again underlines food and drink manufacturers' determination to play a full part in supporting improved public health.
"These significant commitments to reduce saturated fat in a wide range of products build on the achievements already delivered by a number of our members which empower consumers to make healthier choices appropriate for their lifestyles."
The Responsibility Deal brings government and industry together to tackle public health issues and improve the health of the nation.
Chair of the Responsibility Deal Food Network, Professor Susan Jebb said:
"The Responsibility Deal has made great progress in changing our eating options and habits.
"From the introduction of front of pack labelling to today's announcement, everyone involved can be proud of the work done so far - but we know more can be done.
"These commitments to help reduce saturated fat are an important step forward. They recognise that too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels and cause heart disease and premature deaths which is why it's fantastic that so many companies have committed to helping people cut down on their consumption.
"This development means we now have a suite of Responsibility Deal pledges that help companies cut fat, sugar and salt which together will help consumers achieve a healthier diet and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease."
Department of Health
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Department of Health
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