Milburn calls for food industry ultimatum

The former health secretary has urged the food industry to clean up its act or face legislation. Amid concerns about the level of fat, sugar and salt contained in processed foods, Alan Milburn argued that the industry should be compelled to make healthier foods.

He told listeners of BBC Radio Four's 'PM' programme that as obesity increased emphasis should be placed on "prevention and not just treatment", which meant food manufacturers would have to change.

"We have now got obesity increasing year by year, we have got more people with diabetes, we have got cancer and coronary heart disease still far too high," Mr Milburn asserted. "There should be an ultimatum before the food industry that unless it does more to reduce fat, sugar and salt particularly in processed foods, then the government should take regulatory action to ensue it does."

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