Monday, May 19, 2014

Food Industry "Must be Regulated as Cigarettes"

A number of international agencies called on the food industry regulated as tobacco industry because obesity has global health risk greater than the risk posed cigarettes .

Consumers International and the World Federation of Obesity says global deaths due to obesity increased from 2.6 million people in 2005 to 3.4 million in 2010 .

They advised governments around the world to apply strict rules to regulate food and beverage industry , the BBC reported , Pippa Stephens .

These rules include restrictions on salt content , saturated fat , and sugar in food ; improving the quality of food in hospitals and schools ; tightening of the rules of marketing ; and education about healthy food .
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However , the Global Food and Drink Federation said the industry they already support the rules .

Tightened control

A number of recommendations were proposed by two international organizations include the elimination of artificial trans fat content of all food and beverage products within five years .

Advertising aimed at children in television programs should also be restricted .

While the packaging of food products must display the image obesity effect , similar to the concept applied to packs of cigarettes . The Government may review the price of food , including tax and change the permissions control and start new research , said the report .

Luke Upchurch from Consumers International said they asked the government to respond to these issues " in the same level of risk " to the tobacco industry . " We want to avoid a situation like the 1960s . At that time , the tobacco industry said there was nothing wrong with cigarettes and good for our health , but 30 or 40 years later, millions of people died .

" If we do not take action now , we will have the same problem in the food industry . "


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