Eatwell Guide
The PHE report into the March 2016 revisions to the Eatwell Guide has been published, along with a scientific paper outlining the linear programming model which supported it. On dairy, the decision to cut the allowance appears to have been based on the need to increase consumption of starchy carbohydrates rather than decrease dairy. The report states that the decision to adapt a linear programming model was reached, on the basis that it would have fewer downsides than the alternatives and would produce an outcome that was “based on current intake patterns with the fewest changes introduced to meet guidance”.

Additionally, we have received a response to our latest FOI requests concerning the process by which the revised Eatwell Guide was drafted. We were provided with information on the observer groups that were present during the External Reference Group meetings, but the communications we requested from PHE concerning the Eatwell Guide show no serious engagement with the dairy sector took place.

As a follow-up to the publication of the report, the scientific paper and the FOI responses, we are currently tabling additional parliamentary questions, and have spoken to Dairy APPG Chair Simon Hoare’s office to encourage the Dairy APPG to write to Nicola Blackwood to challenge the revisions.

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