10 Mar 2014

Britain 'will not act' on sugar advice

Adviser who worked for Coca-Cola and Mars says Government will follow guidance from his Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition
By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor
chocolate bars on a shelfA Government adviser who has worked for confectionery giants says Britain will not act on World Health Organisation recommendations to cut people’s sugar intake by half.
Last week the WHO issued the advice, amid increasing concern from scientists that high sugar intake is fuelling obesity and tooth decay.
But the chairman of a UK committee on nutrition said Government officials in this country will not act on the WHO guidance, but instead follow the advice of his panel.
The disclosure is likely to trigger controversy, because Professor Ian Macdonald, a nutritionist who has worked for Coca-Cola and Mars, is among five of eight members of the panel who have been accused by anti-sugar campaigners of “worryingly close” ties with the fast food and confectionery industry.
Last week Prof Macdonald said he had stood down from paid roles advising on human nutrition at either company, although he still advises Mars on pet foods.....

1 comment:

rcannard said...

We all know the officials know best, i mean where would we be without them, well we wouldn't be in such a mess that's for sure and we would all be much healthier...So who is this panel that obviously know more than the World Health Organization, what's the background of the officials who are ignoring the advice, are they qualified?. People have known about sugar for years and probably most try and do something about it, which is almost impossible when are food and drinks are laden with the stuff. The health authorities (government) have been banging on about obesity and how much it costs the NHS for ages so why is nothing being done about it.