Posted: Jan 22, 2020 12:07 pm
by Alan B
I sent a Freedom of Information request to Public Health England:
"The Food and Drug Administration (USA) have made it mandatory this month (January 2020) to declare 'Added Sugar' on food Nutrition Labels.
Are there any plans to declare 'Added Sugar' on the Back of Pack nutrition labels in the UK?
If food is imported from the USA will it still have the 'Added Sugar' declaration or will it be removed?"
Their reply:
"We acknowledge receipt of your email about whether there any plans to declare 'Added Sugar' on the Back of Pack nutrition labels in the UK received on the 18 January.
Public Health England(PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support.
PHE do not hold this information, you may wish to contact foi@dhsc.gov.uk."

So much for "evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support."
I've contacted helpline@food.gov.uk requesting which department will handle my query. I'm awaiting their reply.

I have phoned them but they seem purposely 'confused' by my questions.