Mary speaks out against Tory deal with food industry
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has spoken out against a Conservative promise to not regulate the food industry in exchange for cash. On 8th July the Health Secretary told the food industry that if they pay for the Government's "Change4Life" public health campaign then they won't face any new regulation.
In opposition, the Conservatives promised to protect vital public health campaigns. Yet the government is cutting investment in the Change4Life campaign.
Shadow Minister for public health Mary Creagh said: "Lifestyle diseases are a major drain on NHS resources and changing eating habits and lifestyles is vital to stop the rising tide of obesity. The food industry can play a role through promoting five a day and reformulating food to reduce salt, fat, and transfats. If Andrew Lansley has signed away his right to regulate the food industry then this is, quite simply, a dereliction of his duty to improve public health."