Monday, 11 September 2017
Department of Health
901. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 772 to 774, inclusive, of 26 July 2017, when the report on the validation of the FDI sugar and fat reduction work will be completed and published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37193/17]
1160. To ask the Minister for Health when a report on validation of the sugar and fat reduction will be published (details supplied); the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38125/17]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 and 1160 together.
I propose to take these questions together as they all relate to the FDI/Creme Global Reformulation Project Report.
The food industry body Food Drink Ireland (FDI) meets with FSAI periodically at the industry's request to seek their input into the industry's reformulation work. The FSAI have been validating food industry salt reduction work for many years by sampling foods from the market and having them analysed in the HSE Public Analysts Laboratory in Galway. These data are published annually and are available on the FSAI web site.
The FSAI has only recently started to look at validation of the FDI sugar and fat reduction work and have, in the first instance, been developing baseline data on yogurts and breakfast cereals based on food labelled data.
A report on this labelling work is expected to be published before the end of the year.