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Kellogg's Launches Legal Challenge Against New Rules For High-Sugar Cereals

Kellogg's is mounting a legal challenge against new government rules that would stop some of its cereals being prominently displayed in shops.

In October, new regulations come into effect restricting the promotion of food and drink with high fat, salt and sugar content.

Kellogg's said in a statement that it has "tried to have a reasonable conversation with government" without success.

The company's UK managing director said:

"We believe the formula being used by the government to measure the nutritional value of breakfast cereals is wrong and not implemented legally.

"It measures cereals dry when they are almost always eaten with milk.

"All of this matters because, unless you take account of the nutritional elements added when cereal is eaten with milk, the full nutritional value of the meal is not measured."

Some of Kellogg's most popular brands include Coco Pops, Crunchy Nut, Frosties, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and Special K.

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

"Breakfast cereals contribute 7% - a significant amount - to the average daily free sugar intakes of children.

"Restricting the promotion and advertising of less healthy foods is an important part of the cross-government strategy to halve childhood obesity by 2030, prevent harmful diseases and improve healthy life expectancy, so we can continue to level up health across the nation."

The spokesman added that obesity costs the NHS more than £6bn a year and is the second biggest cause of cancer in the UK.

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