Ministers Invite Pepsi and McDonalds to Write UK Health Policy02:00 - Tuesday 16 November 2010 - In Categories UK News, Health, US Videos
The Department of Health has invited fast food companies such as McDonald’s and KFC to help write government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease.
Ministers say the move will help to identify industry barriers, such as EU legislation, they would like removed.
But critics warn that food and drink companies will abuse their influence.
Jeanette Longfield, head of the food campaign group Sustain, said: ‘This is the equivalent of putting the tobacco industry in charge of smoke-free spaces.
‘We know this “let’s all get round the table approach” doesn’t work, because we’ve all tried it before, including the last Conservative government.’
She added: ‘This isn’t “big society”, it’s big business.’