McDonald’s and PepsiCo to help write UK health policy

Saturdays Guardian ran with this piece on the front page and I have to say it slightly ruined my breakfast. As I can’t seem to cut and paste you the link I’ll just quote the first sentence:

” The Department of Health is putting the fast food companies Mcdonalds and KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as Pepsico, Kelloggs, Unilever Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy on obesity alcohol and diet related disease”.

“In an overhaul of public health said by campaign groups to be the equivalent of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry health secretary Andrew Lansley has set up five responsibility deal networks with business co chaired by ministers to come up with policies. Some of these are expected to be used in the public health white paper due in the next month”.

I hope you all agree there are just no words for this outrageous flagrant abuse of power by Mr Lansley. I urge you to write to him and tell him your thoughts. Do you think it’s right for the companies responsible for some of the obesity to be writing government policy – how bias can you get?

Ok enough, I’m off to have a mini stroke.

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