BMA meeting: BMA condemns government’s “responsibility deals” with food and drinks industry

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 30 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4166
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1Cardiff

Food and drink companies should not be involved in developing public health policy because they cannot be trusted, the BMA’s annual conference resolved today.

In an attack on the coalition government’s “responsibility deals” that bring together public, private, academic, and non-governmental experts in networks to tackle public health issues, delegates passed a motion declaring this would not provide “strong, effective, and evidence based” policy.

“Companies that are heavily involved have a lot to lose by taking a robust line,” argued …

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