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It’s only been a couple of days since we found out about the government potentially banning some of our favourite junk food but this news could completely blow you away.
Remember Flake snow chocolate bars?
Well, they could be making a comeback! And just when we thought Cadbury’s couldn’t do any better.
There are some amazing people out there who have started a petition to get the amazing, crumbly chocolate bar back after it was discontinued (sad times) back in 2008. That means we’ve had 8 whole years without this chocolatey deliciousness.
If you want to sign the petition go onto change.org to bring it back to the shops.
A Cadbury spokesperson told LADbible: “We are always happy to hear how much people love our Cadbury products past and present! Cadbury has been making delicious chocolate for over 100 years and we are continually reviewing and innovating our ranges to ensure we have the best offering for our consumers.”
However, we do have bad news for sweet lovers out there…
First, it was turkey twizzlers, then there were moves to cut down sugar content and ban the sales of energy drinks to under 16s.
But now, MPs have taken it a step too far after they’ve said they are keen to get rid of Percy Pigs.
Health Minister Jeremy Hunt is looking to ban the juicy swine after agreeing with Jamie Oliver that cereal boxes shouldn’t feature cartoon characters on them.
But that’s not all guys, it gets worse…
Not only do they want to take old Percy and Tony the Tiger away from us, but they want to ban the unlimited refills of sugary drinks at Portuguese chicken chain Nando’s. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. And not just that, they could completely banish the full fat version ?????.
And it’s not just restaurants like Nando’s that will be forced to change their ways. We will no longer have those “unhealthy lanes” in supermarkets, you know the rows of chocolates and sweets that are next to or near the check-out.
National Obesity Forum chair Tam Fry last night said: “I’m thoroughly pleased at the prospect of cartoon characters being divorced from junk food.
“We need to associate these popular children’s characters with in-your-face good food.”
Figures last week showed 22,000 children now leave primary school severely obese and although Teresa may published a childhood obesity plan in 2016, campaigners called in “weak”.
A Department of Health spokesperson said: “We’ve always said that our 2016 plan was the start of the conversation, not the final word on obesity.
“We are in the process of working up an updated plan, and will be in a position to say more shortly.”
Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse…Colin the Caterpillar could be under threat of extinction too.
The restriction and banning of certain products is expected to launch this year.
The report said: ‘Where food is placed in shops and how it is promoted can influence the way we shop and it is more common for HFSS (high in fat sugar and salt) products to be placed in the most prominent places in store as well as sold on promotion, eg with “buy one get one free” offers.’
Food high in sugar and salt will no longer be able to be advertised on TV until after 9pm by 2020 and even though the advertising of junk foods was banned on TV in 2007, it’s been found that 70% of TV campaigners for HFSS products are screened before 9pm. 64% of children spend their ‘viewing time’ watching TV outside children’s programming.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: “We now know that obesity causes 13 different types of cancer as well as heart attacks and strokes, so the NHS has needed to get its own house in order on the epidemic of flab.
“Once the Easter eggs are gone, the NHS will be getting on with ensuring our hospitals and their retailers are offering healthier food and drinks for patients, relatives and staff.”
Stores like WHSmith, M&S and Greggs have signed up the the NHS voluntary scheme to cut the sales of sugary drinks and last year, hospitals removed super-sized chocolate bars and “share bags” from sale.
Professor John Wass, from the Obesity Health Alliance, said NHS England was “leading by example when it comes to tackling obesity”.
“The reduction in sales of unhealthy food and drink in hospitals is an important step in the battle against obesity,” he said.
“It also sends a strong message that the NHS is serious about cutting the amount of sugar in the nation’s diet.”
Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, at NHS England said: “We have been clear that the growing obesity crisis sweeping the country is a public health crisis and the evidence backs it up.
“ Obesity is associated with heart attacks, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and a number of other illnesses – causing personal suffering and costing the health service and in turn the taxpayer, billions every year.
And for all of those conditions, wherever possible, prevention is preferable to cure. Our own sugar restrictions, the new sugar tax and the NHS diabetes prevention programme are all part of what needs to be a concerted effort to address obesity.”