Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's introduce ban affecting all UK stores this month

“This has included work to help people choose appropriate portion sizes. We know how valuable good health is to everyone, and we’re committed to continuing with this and other work to help people eat well whatever their lifestyle.”

The chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, James Lowman, said: “Local shops have sunk huge sums of money in refitting their stores to comply with these regulations when their businesses are already under pressure from rising energy bills and increased products costs.

“Retailers have been frustrated by the Government’s rushed approached to policy development and indecision about implementation dates.”

The plan to ban junk food advertising has also been delayed for a year. Mark Jones, partner and food and drink supply chain expert at law firm Gordons, commented: “Liz Truss recently raised the possibility of scrapping the anti-obesity strategy but the phase one restrictions are going ahead and retailers need to be sure that they display HFSS foods in-store or online in line with the new regulations.

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