Food and beverage giant PepsiCo is to publish a health audit of its product range in the UK.

The audit, to be published in October, is being launched as part of the company’s bid to help tackle the issue of obesity in the country.

The US-based group declined to comment which of its products – which include Walkers crisps and Quaker cereals – will form part of the audit but admitted that the initiative will be launched in the autumn.

PepsiCo has for some time been anxious to create a healthier image for and in 2006 reduced the saturated fat content of its Walkers crisps brand by 70% amid mounting concerns over the health risks associated with snacks.

The food giant also signed up to a UK government scheme – Change4Life – in November last year, alongside the likes of Kellogg and retailers such as Tesco and Asda, to push a number of healthy-eating initiatives.

Earlier this month, PepsiCo also launched Paw Ridge, a hot breakfast cereal aimed at children, in a bid to get them to eat more healthily.

PepsiCo is also introducing a range of lunchbox snacks, Planet Lunch, through UK retailer Sainsbury’s.

The range includes dips, a juice drink, “bread bites”, “fruit and oat bites” and a “squeezable” fruit pouch.