Sue Davies, Which? Head of Consumer Rights and Food Policy, said:
“At a time when the food system is facing unprecedented challenges, it’s disappointing that the National Food Strategy lacks the ambition needed to support people dealing with the cost of living crisis and deliver the urgent transition to a healthier, more sustainable and affordable food system.
“Which? research shows that the cost of living crisis is having a profound effect on people’s ability to afford everyday essentials – with one in ten consumers saying they’ve skipped meals because of rising food prices and three per cent saying they’ve used a food bank.
“It is right that the strategy stresses the importance of driving more sustainable UK food production, but many of the recommendations made by the government’s independent adviser on how the food system can be healthier for people and the planet, have been watered down, ignored or put off for further consultation. This includes vital safety nets which are needed now, such as extending eligibility for free school meals and the healthy start scheme – as well as important measures to ensure that all consumers are protected by baseline core food standards for imported food.”
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