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'Stop making ready meals for one which exceed 100% RDA of sat fat' - Sharon Bowles MEP

September 30, 2010 4:00 PM

Liberal Democrat Sharon Bowles, who represents South East England at the European Parliament, is calling on the food industry to stop making ready meals for one containing over 100% of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat.

According to the Food Standards Agency the recommended daily allowance of saturated is 30g for a man and 20g for a woman.

The UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has said that thousands of lives could be saved if high levels of saturated fat in processed food are reduced.

Sharon Bowles MEP said:

"I do not believe a ready meal, marketed for one person, should contain more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat.

"While the traffic light system allows consumers to make a more informed decision about which food products they buy, there is no justification for producing, for mass consumption, ready meals so high in saturated fat.

"One example I have seen, a supermarket's own brand of macaroni and cheese, which serves one, contains 180% of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat. That is nearly twice the recommended daily allowance in one meal. This should be marked with skull and crossbones, not just a red label!

"I am not telling people what they should or should not eat but rather calling on the food industry to stop making such appallingly unhealthy meals."

ENDS