The lobbying arm of the Sugar Association is threatening to exert pressure on the US Congress to stop funding the World Health Organisation.

The row has been prompted by news that the WHO will publish a report that recommends consumers significantly cut back their consumption of foods with added sugars. A draft of the report indicates it will recommend that people get no more than 10% of their daily calorie intake from added sugars.

The Sugar Association, also known as Big Sugar, said it would “exercise every avenue available to expose the dubious nature of the Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases Report”.

It has come in from criticism from health lobbying organisations keen to see people cut their sugar consumption and help fight obesity.

The US contributes US$400m per year to the work of the World Health Organisation.