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Tonnes of saturated fat to be removed from UK food

Leading food manufacturers have pledged to remove move than one and a half Olympic-size swimming pools worth of saturated fat from the UK's food. 

Almost half of the food manufacturing and retail industry has now signed up to the Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge. 

Cutting saturated fat intake by 15% could prevent around 2,600 premature deaths each year from conditions such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke. 

Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison said: One in six male deaths and one in nine female deaths are from coronary heart disease - this is why it's critical that we challenge the way we eat and that we all make changes where we can.

“It's hugely encouraging that companies providing almost half of the food available on the UK market have committed to this new Responsibility Deal pledge and they are leading the way to give their customers healthier products and lower fat alternatives.”

For example, Nestlé will remove 3,800 tonnes of saturated fat from over a billion Kit Kat bars per year by reformulating the recipe, and Subway will reduce the amount of saturated fat in their Kids Pak™ by more than 70 per cent, replacing cookies and crisps with a healthier option which provides one of a child's recommended five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables. 

Other companies which have signed up to the deal include Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi, Sainsbury's and Unilever. 

Chair of the Responsibility Deal Food Network, Professor Susan Jebb said: “From the introduction of front of pack labelling to today's announcement, everyone involved can be proud of the work done so far - but we know more can be done.

“These commitments to help reduce saturated fat are an important step forward. They recognise that too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels and cause heart disease and premature deaths which is why it's fantastic that so many companies have committed to helping people cut down on their consumption.”