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Calls for sweets to be placed in plain packaging to tackle over-consumption – HSE

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Health Service Executive’s (HSE) clinical lead for obesity Dr. Donal O’Shea has called for plain packaging to be used for sweets to tackle over-consumption.

With some 37,000 tonnes of chocolate being bought in Ireland last year, O’Shea said that over-consumption was the real issue. He described how selection boxes were on display a month before Halloween “piled up and in your face” beside the checkouts.

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“Everything the food and drinks industry said they would start moving away from, they just seem to have stepped it up.”

“And that’s because there’s lack of regulation, they can’t help themselves – it’s profit, and it’s this year’s profit, so they can’t stop doing it.”

He said that the line of moderation was “fine” but that manufacturers play on that and push for over-consumption, “and they’re winning”.

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He described accessibility as “vital”, in the same way it’s used for alcohol and cigarettes, so he urged parents to hide sweets in the garage or the boot of the car.

He also referred to plain packaged sweets appearing less attractive to younger children, citing research.

IMAGE – Twitter/paulreiddublin

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