FSAI Welcomes National Obesity Policy and Action Plan
Thursday, 22 September 2016
The Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Dr Pamela Byrne today stated that the national Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025 is a significant policy strategy to tackle the prevalence of overweight and obesity. It sets out a cross-sectoral approach with multiple measures to address this growing health issue. As a first national policy to tackle obesity through a whole society approach in Ireland, it offers an unprecedented opportunity to create a healthier nation and the FSAI looks forward to playing its part in its success.
The FSAI acknowledges its role as a leader and partner with the Department of Health and other State agencies in a range of specific actions and measures outlined in the policy. In particular, these include applying its scientific and specialist acumen to undertake a review of EU consumer information labelling of foods and its application in the Irish market; agreeing food industry reformulation targets and reviewing progress; monitoring compliance with the WHO Code of Practice on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes; partnering with the Department of Health and other bodies to develop a code of practice for food and beverages promotion, marketing and sponsorship and; providing expert input into the development of calorie posting legislation.