Letters Can industry be left to improve population health?

Food industry can cooperate in improving population health if government is committed

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3083 (Published 15 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3083
  1. Eric J Watts, retired haematologist1
  1. 1Brentwood, UK
  1. eric.watts4{at}btinternet.com

Industry cannot be left to improve population health, but it can cooperate if government is sufficiently committed.1 The best example of this is the North Karelia project in Finland, which when rolled out as a national programme reduced the incidence of ischaemic heart disease over 24 years by 65%.2

This happened as a result of the realisation in the 1960s that Finland had an exceptionally high rate of heart disease with high levels of risk factors—high …

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