Healthier Food Mark

Healthier Food Mark

A voluntary UK Government scheme, now disbanded, supported by the Food Standards Agency, which was aimed at encouraging and recognising best practice among public sector organisations buying and serving healthier, more sustainable food.

The pilot scheme for Healthier Food Mark was set up by the Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency, working as part of a cross-Government group with the food industry, public sector organisations and other stakeholders. The Healthier Food Mark was to have three tiers (bronze, silver and gold) and focus on areas with the highest impact in terms of nutrition and sustainability, fully reflect current Government policy and have a strong evidence base.
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In recent years we've seen scores on the doors, the Food Standards Agency being very active in looking at nutritional information for consumers in foodservice outlets, the healthier food mark being touted as a way forward for public sector procurement and the cabinet office's strategic unit's "Food Matters" report looking at food security and sustainability in general.
The same criticisms apply equally, as Blythman says, to the Doll's Healthier Food Mark campaign aimed at the catering sector.
We have seen some of the delivery devices being used by Defra including Change 4 Life, the Healthier Food Mark and the Healthy Start Scheme to mention just three.
We're in for another dollop of Government-style nutritionism when the Department of Health launches its Healthier Food Mark next month, doling out gold badges to caterers who calculate levels of salt, fat and sugar.
It seems in the workshops that people have attended nearly everybody has mentioned the fact that the Food Standards Agency are already promoting salt reduction and the reduction of saturated fats, the Department of Health are piloting the Healthier Food Mark, the Change for Life campaign was only launched in January 2009 and Defra are very closely involved with the Food Standards Agency on the Traffic Light Vs 6DA debate.
During the month, I am delighted to report, that I was able to meet, ably assisted by Ian Stone of apetito, as an industry representative, key departments involved in the writing of The Healthier Food Mark.