Public health experts and campaigners have accused the UK government of turning its back on child health after ministers announced that a ban on multibuy deals for junk food would be delayed by a year in response to the cost of living crisis.
The Department of Health and Social Care said that the planned ban on “buy one get one free” deals for food and drinks that are high in fat, salt, or sugar and restrictions on free refills for soft drinks would be delayed until October 2023 while officials assess the effect on household finances. A planned ban on television advertising of these products before 9 pm will also be paused for a year.
Experts and campaigners lamented the inaction, accusing the government of failing to honour its pledges to tackle childhood obesity, with some calling for a reversal of the decision.
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