EU: WHO questions industry's commitment to improving health
The food industry is not making it easy for consumers to buy healthier products and is not doing enough to reduce salt and sugar, the World Health Organisation has claimed.
Dr. Roberto Bertollini, chief scientist at the WHO's European arm, questioned the food sector's work on health and the effectiveness of its work to change the recipes of their products.
"I have a dream. We need to reach a situation where the healthy choices are easier for people. It means the product, price, promotion, advertisement," he told an industry conference in Brussels.
"The second dream I have is to work with an industry that shares the objective of improving the health of the people, not only the legitimate way to get money but also to improve the health of society at large. I don't see [either of] them at the moment."
"Sometimes I don't understand why certain things are not taken up like the reduction of salt content in certain products, or sugar content. There are certain behavioural issues that need to be promoted but, on the other hand, there are certain actions from the industry's side that are not too effective if at all. We need to start talking much more and work together but we need to share values and objectives," he said.
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