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McDonald's and Pepsi Help Write UK Health Policy

The UK Department of Health is putting the fast food companies, processed food companies, and soft drink manufacturers at the heart of writing government policy on obesity. The companies in question include McDonald's, KFC, PepsiCo, Kellogg's, Unilever, Mars and Diageo.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has set up five "responsibility deal" networks with businesses to come up with policies. Many say this is the equivalent of putting cancer policy in the hands of tobacco companies.

According to The Guardian:

“The groups are dominated by food and alcohol industry members, who have been invited to suggest measures to tackle public health crises ... In early meetings, these commercial partners have been invited to draft priorities and identify barriers, such as EU legislation, that they would like removed.”

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