Retail Restrictions on Foods High in Fat, Sugar and Salt (‘HFSS’): What’s Changing on 1 October 2022
Friday 2nd September 2022
In April and May, we wrote about the new HFSS Regulations.
These come into force on 1 October 2022. This is what they mean for high fat, salt and sugar items.
What types of food are affected?
Pre-packed food which is high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS), including ice cream, confectionery, cakes, pizza, soft drinks and breakfast goods.
Do the HFSS regulations apply to your business?
- you sell pre-packed food to consumers; and
- have over 50 employees; or
- you are part of a franchise which has over 50 employees in the whole franchise group.
What are the online High Fat, Sugar and Salt promotion restrictions?
HFSS food cannot appear as a pop-up on a website/app or be displayed on:
- checkout pages; or
- favourite products pages, unless a product is specifically ‘favourited’ by the consumer.
What are the in-store HFSS location restrictions?
Location restrictions only apply to stores with a retail floor space of over 2,000 sq. ft. They prevent HFSS products being displayed at:
- end of aisles;
- store entrances;
- queuing areas; and
- covered external areas.
What are the consequences for non-compliance?
Trading Standards can issue improvement notices which may result in a £2,500 fixed penalty for non -compliance with HFSS restrictions.