20/4/17 - The One Show - statement

Following this evening’s The One Show and subsequent statement from the manufacturers of Porky Lights, G White & Co., we are still extremely concerned that the company has failed to address how independent tests commissioned by Slimming World and a number of other organisations – over a number of months – produced such high fat levels so inconsistent with the company’s own testing and the product’s low fat claims. Nor have G White & Co. explained how they plan to prevent this from happening again in the future.

Furthermore, we have recently become aware that the packaging for Porky Lights sausages, the nutrition information and the way in which the manufacturer is measuring fat levels has all changed. We’ve also seen reports from people on social media suggesting recently purchased Porky Lights sausages differ in appearance and taste from products they bought earlier this year. While the recent tests commissioned by The One Show and Trading Standards would indicate that the manufacturer has taken urgent steps to lower the fat levels, consistency is still our main concern.

We have always maintained that if the manufacturers are able to show us that they have put procedures in place to ensure they can consistently achieve improved results, and are able to provide regular, reliable lab reports which demonstrate that Porky Lights are consistently in line with the information declared on their packaging, we would welcome the opportunity to reinstate the sausages onto our database. Unfortunately we are not yet at this point.

In the 26 years that we have had a food database, we have developed excellent relationships with more than 1,500 manufacturers and retailers. This isn’t a ‘sausage squabble’. This is about continuing to provide our members with accurate information and a service they can trust to protect their weight loss. We’d be letting our 900,000 members down if we were to ignore this issue.

About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. There are now more than 16,000 groups held weekly across the UK and Republic of Ireland via a network of 4,500 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques.

Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people and a recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.

For more information about Slimming World’s approach visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000.

For the Press Office please email public.relations@slimmingworld.co.uk

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