Where’s the beef? Industry stakeholders cry foul over Health Canada food guide freeze-out
By Jolson LimJan. 17, 2018
In efforts to revamp the healthy eating guidelines, lobbying efforts suggest competing departmental priorities.
Canada's Food Guide, pictured, has been the subject of intense scrutiny and lobbying because of the number of Canadians who consult it and perceptions that it's heavily influenced by industry. Photograph courtesy of Health Canada
Industry groups shut out of in-person consultations with Health Canada in its current effort to overhaul Canada’s Food Guide have delivered their concerns—and their own set of potentially competing goals—to politicians and other federal departments.
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