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Ireland's ice cream laws face revamp in the battle against obesity


Change in recipe for ice cream? Stock photo

Change in recipe for ice cream? Stock photo

Change in recipe for ice cream? Stock photo

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departments and official agencies, it is considered that it is no longer fit for purpose and has largely been superseded by EU legislation, Ms Corcoran Kennedy said.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 and the product has a retail market value of approximately €75.8m, according to Bord Bia.

The report from the Department of Health titled: 'A healthy weight for Ireland: Obesity policy and action plan 2016-2025', has outlined some sobering statistics around obesity in Ireland.

According to the report, one in four children is overweight or obese.

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Six in 10 adults are overweight, with just 40pc of the country maintaining a "healthy weight".

Three in four adults over the age of 50 are obese.

The burden of adult obesity costs €1.13bn a year.

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