Health groups in the UK want candy companies to stop putting cartoon characters on their sweets. Companies use Peppa Pig and Disney characters on wrappers. They do this to get children to buy candies. The groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were bad for children. They were too high in fat, sugar and salt to advertise on children's TV shows. The groups want the government to ban the use of these characters.
The health groups are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked at 526 products. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were among the worst. These were 99 per cent sugar. The Action on Sugar group is shocked that companies are making money from children by using cartoon characters on high-sugar food and drinks. It said children find it hard to say no to chocolates, sweets and fizzy drinks.