Indigo exLululemon CEOs take aim at sugar call for transparent food labelling

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Indigo, ex-Lululemon CEOs take aim at sugar, call for transparent food labelling TORONTO – Two Canadian business leaders want the country’s food industry to use more transparent labels so Canadians know just how much sugar they’re consuming.Indigo’s CEO and the former CEO of Lululemon are making sugar one of their main targets as they fight to change industry standards.Sugar is the enemy, said Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) and executive producer of the 2014 documentary Fed Up, which takes on the sugar industry.Lots of processed food contains high amounts of sugar, she said.“Today, sugar is in everything — everything,” she said during a presentation to the Toronto Region Board of Trade earlier this week. “It’s in ketchup. It’s in canned foods. It’s in the bread we eat.”People have become addicted to sugar, contributing to the obesity epidemic, Reisman said. For her part, she’s prohibited Indigo stores from selling chocolate treats at checkout counters to help hungry customers avoid making sugar-laden impulse purchases.On average, about 13 per cent of calories consumed in Canada come from sugar, according to Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation. That’s at least three per cent too much.The foundation recommends sugar account for no more than 10 per cent of the calories people consume daily, or about 12 teaspoons for an average diet of 2,000 calories a day. The World Health Organization echoes this, but suggests less than five per cent, if possible.Therefore, Canadians need to change the way they eat, Reisman said — and to succeed they need easier-to-understand food labels.Currently, food packages list how many grams of sugar are contained in a single serving size (like half a cup).“You have to be a chemist to understand how much sugar is in the product,” she said.Instead, Reisman is calling for something more “straightforward,” like the number of teaspoons rather than grams.Reisman said she proposed the idea to people she said are responsible for re-labelling. “Guess what? No interest whatsoever.”She was unavailable later to respond to questions about what people she’d met with.The federal government pledged to revamp food labels in the October 2013 throne speech.Last June, Health Canada announced its proposed changes.They include adding what percentage of a person’s daily recommended amount of sugar is contained in a product and grouping all sugars (like fancy molasses) together on the ingredient list. They did not include distinguishing between natural sugars, like those found in fruits and unsweetened fruit juices, and added sugars, which some industry watchers had anticipated.Health Canada is now in the process of reviewing comments from a public consultation on the proposed changes that ended last August.A Health Canada spokeswoman would not provide a timeline for when the new regulations would be published, saying it would take the time it needs.The spokeswoman also said Health Canada could not immediately provide any further details or answer questions about the proposed changes, instead pointing to online information about the public consultation process and the proposed changes, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to his health minister, Jane Philpott.In that letter, Trudeau instructed Philpott that one of her top priorities was to improve “food labels to give more information on added sugars” in processed foods.That kind of transparency in labelling is needed, said Christine Day, the former CEO of Lululemon. She’s now chief executive at Luvo, a company touting nutritious frozen food meals low in sodium and sugar.There are lots of gaps in labelling practices, she said, but sugar in particular stands out.Health Canada’s proposal to include the percentage of a serving’s daily recommended amount of sugar is progress, she said. But added sugars, common in foods like yogurt and granola bars that are typically viewed as healthy, should be listed separately.Day said she has no qualms with doing that for her frozen meal products, which already provide detailed ingredient information.“As Canadians, whether our government’s ready or not to address the labelling issue, I think businesses are ready to provide solutions to consumers,” Day said.———Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter read more

Police officers who delayed attending a 999 call to go to McDonalds

first_imgThe delay in attending was not justified, you should have proceeded to the address straight awayAkbar Khan, Chairman The officers did not attend the call immediately (stock image)Credit:Alamy  Chairman Akbar Khan said: “This matter arises from an incident that took place on the 15 April 2015 when PC Bateman, the driver and PC Stephenson was the operator.”The allegations are admitted by both, they accepted a breach of standard of professional behaviour.”However they state that the behaviour amounted to only misconduct and then gross misconduct.”The late attendance should not be conflated with the sad death of Miss Begum.”Turning therefore to the facts, by accepting the CAD (computer aided dispatch) you indicated that you were en route to Miss Begum’s address.”You were not acting in accordance with the user manual because you were not actually en route.”The delay in attending was not justified, you should have proceeded to the address straight away.” As the panel delivered it’s ruling PC Bateman’s dad, who sat at the back of the room, gave a sigh of relief.The chairman said: “It was accepted that the IPCC concluded that the call should have been graded an ‘I’ grade from the outset, however no weight should be placed on this.”An ‘S’ grade requires a police officer at the scene within 0-60 minutes, but this does not mean you have 60 minutes to get there, this is the maximum you should take.”Both officers accepted poor judgement in decision to have tea on the go instead of going straight to the address and this poor decision making was no more than an honest mistake, the panel accepts these submissions.”On the balance of probabilities that officers have breached the standards as alleged by the appropriate authority.”In all of the circumstances the breach of standards of professional behaviour in relation to police officers amounts to misconduct only and not gross misconduct.”  Police car Two police officers who delayed attending a 999 call about a suicide to get refreshments from McDonald’s are likely to keep their jobs, a disciplinary hearing has ruled. PCs Gavin Bateman and Tony Stephenson, of the Metropolitan Police,  spent half-an-hour drinking tea and filling out paperwork before attending the home of a 22-year-old woman who had sent a suicidal message to a friend. But Fahima Begum was found dead when the officers arrived at her home, almost 40 minutes after a friend had called 999 and asked for an ambulance.  On Monday the disciplinary hearing accepted that the officer’s actions were an “honest mistake” and concluded that they had committed misconduct, but not gross misconduct meaning they will likely stay in the force.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more