The headline on this story in today's Guardian is the kind that triggers immediate massive disbelief.
"The Department of Health is putting the fast food companies McDonald's and KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg's, Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease, the Guardian has learned.
In an overhaul of public health, said by campaign groups to be the equivalent of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry, health secretary Andrew Lansley has set up five "responsibility deal" networks with business, co-chaired by ministers, to come up with policies. Some of these are expected to be used in the public health white paper due in the next month.
The groups are dominated by food and alcohol industry members, who have been invited to suggest measures to tackle public health crises."
It seems that the UK government has decided to really be the 51st State and be completely subservient to the business world as is the US government.
Further in the article we learn that Mr. Lansley doesn't think that enforcing regulations is a good thing and that business compliance should be "voluntary."
I've read the article three times and I'm still feeling flabbergasted.
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