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Strategy of the food Minister : finished products will soon contain less sugar, salt and fat

For a healthier diet is to ready-to-manage products such as frozen pizza or cereal gradually with less sugar, salt and fat. This provides for the "reduction and innovation strategy" of the Federal food Minister, Julia Klöckner (CDU), on Wednesday, the Cabinet is concerned. This will be achieved through target agreements with the industry on a voluntary Basis by 2025, according to the "Bild"-Zeitung now concrete Figures are available. Thus, for example, the competent Association, sugar in children's is committed to reduce Breakfast cereals by at least 20 percent.

The consumer organization Foodwatch criticized, Klöckner kusche in front of the food industry. Other countries have made Serious in the fight against obesity and limited, among other things, advertising to children, or taxed überzuckerte sodas. However, the Minister please ", the manufacturer-friendly, to tilt a little less sugar in their products - and practice is to adopt it to the company, whether you join or not," said food watch chief Executive Martin Rücker, the German press Agency.

Klöckner emphasized that have committed to the industry for the first time, to reduce sugar, salt and fats and, in their steps, check. "If the economy doesn't cooperate, we will consider further measures," she said of the "image"-newspaper.

Klöckner presented the strategy in November. You want to start at the beginning of 2019, and progress regularly monitored. There are provided a Monitoring and an Internet platform for the step Change of recipes way to make up to 2025 is also transparent for consumers. Also, portion sizes of products are smaller.

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In Germany, according to the Ministry 47% of women, 62 per cent of men and 15 percent of children are considered overweight. Too much sugar, fat and salt increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and Diabetes. (dpa)

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