Derry’s MP Mark Durkan has sponsored two parliamentary motions at Westminster this month calling on the government to help stop the rising tide of childhood obesity.
The SDLP MP has backed moves to limit the amount of sugar, salt and fat in food and drink.
“There is an urgent need for the regulation of sugar, salt and fat content of food stuffs – not least because of the failure of current Responsibility Deal agreements with the industry – which are voluntary,” he says.
“I am therefore calling on the government to introduce legislation to limit the amount of sugar, salt and fat in food and drink – and in so doing, help stop the rising tide of childhood obesity.”
Mr Durkan has also welcomed the recent decision by soft drinks manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline to reduce the levels of sugar in Ribena and Lucozade.