MP in Britain, Diane Abbott, criticizes Health Minister Andrew Lansley's decision to hire a body of representatives of major food chains such as McDonalds or Pepsi in order to determine disease prevention regulations.
The Health Ministry currently decided to establish industry networks from the fast food or alcohol to establish policies that improve public health. Abbott highlights her disapproval of the NHS's decision to get businesses that produce the unhealthy products to decide on health matter in favor of the public. According to her and other critics, this is clearly the job of the Health Ministry alone.
Chair of the International Obesity Task Force, Professor Philip James, told the Guardian: "It is a major setback for the health of the nation. The sabotaging of public health by the food industry is universally recognized".
The criticism to follow interests of major Companies and business instead of the actual benefits for the public health system prevails among opponents. Abbott herself expresses: "There is a wealth of literature that shows that junk food and fast food is the worst kind of diet and rather than taking advice from people who peddle it we should be helping people avoid it".
Health officials underline that the most efficient strategies to improve public health is to put regulations and higher taxes on the products that are considered as unhealthy. The government's idea on the industry advisers on health matters are expected to undermine these strategies.
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