Candy and chocolate manufacturers the UK may have to stop using cartoon characters their products. An alliance health groups said many food companies use characters Peppa Pig and Disney their packaging. The companies use the characters to get children to buy chocolate and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent products using cartoon characters were unhealthy children. The products fell below the health requirements needed to advertise TV during children's shows. The health groups said the products were very high fat, sugar and salt. The groups are asking the government to ban the use these characters to sell unhealthy products to children.
There are three groups trying to get a ban cartoon characters chocolate and candy. They are Action Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked the nutrition content of 526 products that were aimed at children. The products' wrapping had colourful cartoon characters to appeal to children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were the worst products. These contained 99 per cent sugar. Dr Kather Hashem, a nutritionist the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking that companies are exploiting the health our children using cartoon characters on their high-sugar food and drink products, particularly chocolates and sweets, which are already hard to resist children."