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Food: Marketing

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who represents his Department at World Health Organisation discussions on the marketing of food to children; and what recent discussions he has had on that matter with (a) food, advertising and marketing industry representatives and (b) others; (323113)

(2) what recent discussions he has had on his Department's policy on marketing restrictions as part of discussions within the World Health Organisation on food marketing to children.

The chief medical officer represents the UK Departments of Health at the WHO Executive Board and the World Health Assembly at which the issue of food marketing to children has been discussed. In addition, officials are involved in discussions with WHO Europe on the same topic and have regular discussions with a range of stakeholders including representatives of the food advertising and marketing industries.