Saturday, 4 March 2017

Ice cream laws face revamp in the battle against obesity in Ireland

Ireland's ice cream laws face revamp in the battle against obesity - Independent.ie

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Irish ice cream laws dating back to 1952 are being revised in an effort to fight national obesity levels.

Health Promotion Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has proposed to revoke the current Food Standards (Ice Cream) Regulations dating from 1952.

The planned changes will revise the content of milk-fat, milk solids and sugar content in ice cream. One of the stipulations in the 1952 regulations states that ice cream must contain at least 10pc by weight of sugar.  This obviously presents problems for any company wishing to reduce the sugar content of its ice cream products, according to the FSAI.

It says the purpose of the proposed regulations is to revoke these compositional standards as soon as possible.  Having consulted other relevant Government departments and official agencies, it is considered that it is no longer fit for purpose and has largely been superseded by EU legislation, Ms Corcoran Kennedy said.  Recent research found that Ireland has the third highest consumption of ice cream per capita in Europe...
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