20 Sep 2023

Health officials propose limits and portion restriction

From Morning Report, 7:11 am on 20 September 2023

Top health officials are pushing for sugar and salt limits to be set in food and fast-food portions to be restricted, in an attempt to halt the obesity crisis.

Ministry of Health proposals for a sweeping crackdown on junk food are revealed in documents obtained under the Official Information Act for RNZ's investigation Off the Shelf: The Quiet Struggle to Stop us Eating Ourselves Sick.

The documents show one government agency is already looking to introduce limits on how much sugar can be added to drinks.

Investigative journalist Guyon Espiner has the story.