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Health Standards

Volume 169: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the recommendations he has received but not implemented from (a) the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy and (b) the National Advisory Committee on Nutritional Education concerning the improvement of health standards by dietary influence.

Since 1987 the chief medical officer's Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA) has published five reports, four of which contained recommendations:

  • "The Use of Very Low Calorie Diets in Obesity"—1987
  • "Present Day Practice in Infant Feeding-Third Report"—1988
  • "Third Report of the Sub-committee on Nutritional Surveillance"—1988
  • "The Diets Of British Schoolchildren"—1989 (no recommendations)
  • "Dietary Sugars and Human Disease"—1989
All the recommendations to this Department have either been implemented or are in the process of being implemented.The National Advisory Committee on Nutrition Education (NACNE) has an ad hoc working group which, before its dissolution in 1983 produced a discussion document which did not contain specific recommendations for Government.