Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Supermarkets rapped over unhealthy food (IHT)

LONDON: Major supermarkets were criticised by a consumer watchdog on Monday for nearly doubling the number of in-store promotions for unhealthy foods during the last two years.A National Consumer Council report found 54 percent of in-store promotions advertised sugary and fatty foods, while only one in eight of the retailers plugged fruit and vegetables."The volume of in-house promotions for fatty and sugary foods the supermarkets are all offering is staggering," said the report's author Lucy Yates."We expected to see evidence of big improvements since our last investigation, but we've been sadly disappointed."Overall Britain's third largest supermarket chain Sainsbury's came top of the survey for a second time in a row, doing well on customer information and labelling and nutrition, with the Co-operative Group in second place.
Britain's largest retailer Tesco was in joint fifth place, while Morrisons was bottom for the fourth consecutive time.

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