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Corporate lobbying and UK regulation of food marketing

Shaping the debate

This discussion paper from the UK’s Food Research Collaboration discusses meetings that happened between lobbyists and policymakers when the UK government was developing restrictions on promoting foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS). It shows that most of the relevant meetings were with media and advertising interests as opposed to directly with food companies. It als notes that some exemptions and loopholes were introduced that made the final legislation less strict than the initial proposals.

Read the full report, Shaping the debate: has corporate lobbying impacted UK laws on promoting products high in fat, salt and sugar?, here. See also the previous FRC paper ‘To discuss business’: food and drink industry lobbying in the UK and the TABLE explainer What can be done to shift eating patterns in healthier, more sustainable directions?

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