Christ on a cracker! McDonalds and PepsiCo are going to “help” write the UK’s health policy. You know, because they care so much about health and nutrition! So this means Ronald Mc-fucking-Donald is going to be shaping their government’s stance on what constitutes a healthy meal — greasy, fatty meat will soon be considered to be just as good for you as an apple. I’ll bet they’re already doing the same here…
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, the Guardian has learned.
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.
The groups are dominated by food and alcohol industry members, who have been invited to suggest measures to tackle public health crises. Working alongside them are public interest health and consumer groups including Which?, Cancer Research UK and the Faculty of Public Health. The alcohol responsibility deal network is chaired by the head of the lobby group the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. The food network to tackle diet and health problems includes processed food manufacturers, fast food companies, and Compass, the catering company famously pilloried by Jamie Oliver for its school menus of turkey twizzlers. The food deals sub-group on calories is chaired by PepsiCo, owner of Walkers crisps.
The leading supermarkets are an equally strong presence, while the responsibility deals physical activity group is chaired by the Fitness Industry Association, which is the lobby group for private gyms and personal trainers.
via The Guardian