The Government has confirmed the HFSS legislation, which will see restrictions on promotions and offers for certain foods, will be delayed until October 2023.
The legislation was agreed to prohibit the sale of promotional offers (e.g., 50% off and Buy One Get One Free deals). However, restrictions on displaying High in Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) products in specific sale areas – such as store entrances, checkouts, end of aisles, queuing areas, and all online equivalents – will remain in place.
The legislation will also affect all retailers who trade under symbol franchises (Spar, Costcutter, Nisa), shops exceeding 2,000 square foot, and those with more than 50 employees.
The decision to delay has been followed by much criticism from health groups across the country, who have been campaigning for legislation to curb issues of obesity in the UK.
However, the delayed plans also allow retailers more time to get to grips with the legislation and prepare for the changes in their stores.