Alyn Smith MEP has struck a blow against childhood obesity today (Wednesday) by voting down draft EU rules on baby food that would have allowed 30% of the energy to come from sugar.
Parliament voted today on an objection to a proposal for a new EU law on marketing controls that would have allowed sugar levels in baby food to remain at a level contrary to health advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which recommends limiting intake of free sugars to less than 10%.
An amendment to ban Genetically-Modified Organisms in processed cereal and baby food was also adopted.
“We have a responsibility to our children to give them the best possible start in life, and that includes not packing them full of sugar from a young age.
“Infants and children are the most vulnerable consumers, and the health risks of both excessive sugar consumption and childhood obesity have been well documented.
“Added sugar levels in baby food should be kept to a minimum. It’s as simple as that.
“My group colleague Keith Taylor has done excellent work on bringing this to plenary, and today’s vote means the European Commission will have to fully reconsider the draft law.”