Last week, Corporate Europe Observatory released a report, titled “A Spoonful of Sugar,” which delves into how the food lobby fights sugar regulation in the European Union.
- “In total, the key trade associations, companies and lobby groups behind sugary food and drinks spend an estimated €21.3 million annually to lobby the European Union.”
- “’A spoonful of sugar’ highlights how, despite rhetoric about addressing the health crisis, industry lobbyists are derailing effective sugar regulation in the European Union.”
- Their strategies include: pushing free trade agreements and deregulation drives that undermine existing laws, capturing scientific expertise, championing weak voluntary schemes, and outmaneuvering consumer groups by spending billions on aggressive lobbying.”
- “Health policies like upper limits for sugars in processed foods, sugar taxes, and labels that clearly show added sugars are long overdue. We need lobby transparency and a clear division between the regulators and the regulated. “