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Sainsbury's steps up fight over Tesco's Price Promise

Sainsbury's is stepping up its fight against Tesco's Price Promise campaign in a long-running row over comparisons between the two firm's products.

Britain's third-biggest supermarket chain is to take its battle into the courtroom, by requesting a judicial review against a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that rejected its complaint over the Tesco pledge.

Sainsbury's is stepping up its fight against rival Tesco's Price Promise campaign. Credit: PA/PA Wire

The move comes after Sainsbury's lost an appeal against the ASA decision earlier this month, when a report by the watchdog's independent reviewer Sir Hayden Philips backed the ASA findings.

Mike Coupe, Sainsbury's commercial director, said it was "time to take a stand" on behalf of customers to ensure shopping decisions are not just based on price, but also factors such as ethics and provenance.

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Supermarket pledge over products 'not good enough'

Supermarkets that are committing to reduce levels of saturated fat in their products is a "step in the right direction", but it was "no where near enough", the spokesman for the National Obesity Forum warned today.

Tam Fry, who is also the chairman of the Child Growth Foundation, told ITV News that the industry "does not want the regulations".

Obesity charity: We need regulation on fat levels

The government should consider “proper regulation” to tackle high levels of saturated fat, say campaigners.

Tam Fry, trustee of the National Obesity Forum, added: "This latest piece of hype from the Department of Health will still mean over 50% of food will still have extreme levels of saturated fat.

"The much vaunted voluntary Responsibility Deal will never succeed until the Government takes a grip and makes everybody sign up to it."

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Labour criticises government's saturated fat plan

Luciana Berger has attacked the government's public health plans. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour public health spokeswoman Luciana Berger says the government’s attempts to reduce saturated fat in supermarket food has little chance of succeeding.

She said: "A few company names on a non-binding plan with no timescale stands little chance of delivering the fundamental change needed to improve our national diet.

"Labour has put forward bold ideas to set legal limits on our food's fat, sugar and salt content and achieve a cross-party ambition for a more physically-active nation."

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Nestle promises Kit Kats will taste the same with less fat

Kit Kat chocolate bars will not taste any different despite a new recipe with less saturated fat, according to a spokesman for Nestle. The firm, which manufactures Kit Kats in York, has signed a government pledge to reduce the amount of saturated fat in the UK diet.

Michelle Roberts, the company's Head of Nutrition, said the firm has spent three years researching the new recipe.

Government welcomes saturated fat commitment

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison has praised firms including Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrisons and Nestle for committing to reduce saturated fat in products as part of a new ‘responsibility deal’.

One in six male deaths and one in nine female deaths are from coronary heart disease - this is why it's critical that we challenge the way we eat and that we all make changes where we can.

It's hugely encouraging that companies providing almost half of the food available on the UK market have committed to this new Responsibility Deal pledge and they are leading the way to give their customers healthier products and lower fat alternatives.

– Public Health Minister Jane Ellison

Supermarkets to reduce saturated fat in products

Sainsbury's have pledged to cut saturated fat in recipes. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons have pledged to reduce saturated fat from a number of products after a new health warning.

A new poll by Sainsbury’s suggests 84% of adults have no idea how much saturated fat they should eat a day.

Other companies are also on board, with Nestle promising to change the recipe of its Kit Kat bar.

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