Ultra-processed foods:
the SACN update


Thursday 20 July 2023
20:00–21:00 BST

Ultra-processed foods:
the SACN update


Thursday 20 July 2023
20:00–21:00 BST



Special edition roundtable for all professionals working in nutrition and health

On the 11th July 2023, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) published their long awaited report on processed foods and health. Members noted that it would be timely to consider this issue since there was increasing discussion and debate regarding the implications of food processing on health.

Recently, ultra-processed foods (UPFs) have been hitting the media headlines, causing a lot of confusion amongst both health professionals and the public.

Consuming a diet high in UPFs has been associated with poor health outcomes such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and depression. Currently, over 50% of the calories we consume in the UK are classified as UPFs. However, the question needs to be raised – should all UPFs be classed the same? Do we need clearer definitions? It’s vital we understand the classification system for UPFs and the role they should or shouldn’t play in our diet.

Hosted by a panel of experts in nutrition and food science, this special edition roundtable aims to shed light on the growing concerns surrounding ultra-processed foods, breaking down the new SACN report.

We’ll cover:

  • Key practice points within the new SACN guidance
  • The definitions and classification system for UPFs
  • The limitations to the current classicisation system for UPFs
  • Health risks associated with high consumption of UPFs

Access to this special edition roundtable is available for just £9.99.


  • What is encompassed with the new SACN guidance
  • Key practice points within the new SACN guidance
  • Changes to recommendations around UPFs based on previous advice/statements/guidelines
  • The classification system for UPFs
  • The importance of discussing UPFs
  • Health risks associated with high consumption of UPFs
  • The limitations of the NOVA classification of UPFs
  • Advise clients/patients on the role of UPF in the diet
  • Give examples of commonly consumed UPFs in the diet
  • Provide dietary advice to help consumers eat a healthy balanced diet, in line with government advice

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Tanya Haffner

Melissa Mogor

Tanya Haffner
CEO, Registered Dietitian, MyNutriWeb


Tanya Haffner's biography
Tanya is an Irish born, UK trained dietitian and nutritionist. She previously founded Nutrilicious Communications, the first solely dedicated nutrition communications agency in the UK, which has supported multiple change agents in food and health over 20 years. Now, the culmination of her mission to help everyone to eat well is the award winning MyNutriWeb.com, which uses all her experience and network, curating and running authentic influential learning and dialogue events, including traditional conferences, policy, networking, and training opportunities. Supporting and empowering all health professionals and other change agents in food with nutrition matters is in Tanya’s view, critical to improving citizens health whilst also helping to protect our planet. Tanya was awarded the Caroline Walker Trust Award for Freelance Nutritionist of the Year 2021 which recognises distinctive and outstanding work in promoting public health which maintains and advances the standards of food and nutrition. Tanya has recently taken up the role of chair of the BDA Sustainable diets group and is looking forward to working with the BDA to help advance the professions impact on sustainable eating.
Dr Duane Mellor Senior Teaching Fellow Aston Medical School Aston University

Nichola Ludlam-Raine
Registered Dietitian


Nichola Ludlam-Raine's biography
Nichola is an award winning dietitian with over 14 years worth of clinical experience working for the NHS as well as privately and freelance. She is an experienced media dietitian, appearing frequently on live as well as pre-recorded TV and is a published author in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics. Nichola specialises in weight loss and on social media shares healthy recipes as well as nutrition tips to over 100,000 followers.
Dr Duane Mellor Senior Teaching Fellow Aston Medical School Aston University

Duane Mellor
Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean Public Engagement Aston Medical School, Aston University


Duane Mellor’s biography
Duane Mellor is a registered dietitian who is the Aston Medical School lead for Nutrition and Evidence Based Medicine. Having a background in clinical dietetics supporting people living with diabetes he moved into medical education when joining Aston University.
Melissa Mogor

Gavin Wren
Content creator and Food Policy Consultant


Gavin Wren's Biography

Gavin is a content creator and food policy consultant, helping people and organisations learn about our global food system. Every month his food policy videos and food waste challenges reach millions on social media, showing people where their food comes from and how to be more healthy and sustainable. He’s also written in national titles and worked on sustainable food systems under his consultancy Wren&Co for organisations across Europe, including the European Commission and WWF.

Melissa Mogor

Jenny Rosborough
Registered Nutritionist, Head of Nutrition at the Jamie Oliver Group


Jenny Rosborough's Biography

Jenny is Head of Nutrition at the Jamie Oliver Group and is particularly passionate about improving the food environment through policy change. She is on The Global Food Security Programme’s Strategy Advisory Board, Bite Back 2030’s Impact Advisory Board and works across a number of consultancy projects, most recently with The Food Foundation. Jenny was previously Campaign Manager at Action on Sugar and developed MEND (child weight management) programmes. She has an MSc in Nutrition from Kings College London and is registered with the Association for Nutrition.


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