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Scotland’s landmark junk food legislation dropped until after May 2021 amid ‘significant impact’ of Covid on retailers

A new bill to restrict the promotion of unhealthy food and drink products has been “paused” by the Scottish government in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The bill, which included measures to ban multi-buy offers and remove unhealthy food displays at checkouts, had been promised by the Scottish government to be brought forward within the next year in a bid to curb Scotland’s obesity epidemic. Almost 30% of adults and 13% of children in Scotland are obese.

However Ministers, now fearing the impact of the Covid pandemic on food and drink industry retailers, say they need to ‘take stock’ of the legislation.

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