Gazette readers back calls for healthier practices across food industry in daily poll

Readers have had their say on the impact of the so-called “sugar tax” as research reveals how the levy has changed beverages since its introduction.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 8:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 9:26 am
Readers comment on new research about the 'sugar' tax agreeing more companies should adopt healthier food practices. Picture: Pixabay

There has been a "striking" reduction in the sugar content of soft drinks since the introduction of the fee, which came into effect in 2018.

We asked in our Facebook poll: “Do you think more companies across the food industry should adopt healthier practices?”

More than 600 people took part in our online vote and 83% of readers agreed that more companies should adopt healthier food practices.

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This is what you had to say on Facebook:

June Parkin said: “I hate the sweeteners with a passion. Especially Aspartame it makes me feel ill.

“Lots of drinks I now can't have so it's water all the time or pure fruit juice, there will be a stop on those next so what then.

“We are ruled by information we're not sure of. I'm getting a bit fed up of it.”

David Storey said: “’Striking reduction’ in sugar, but the taste is horrendous. I'd rather have everything in moderation.”

Jane Dee said: “They should be responsible for providing accurate information for consumers to make their own choices.

“I hate the artificial sweeteners added to cordials now. Vile stuff which is in many ways worse than sugar. I want choice.”

Alan Knighting said: “Display the contents on the label and leave the choice up to the customer.”