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Fine Gael MEPs criticised for putting business interests before public health - Lynn Boylan MEP

1 March, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Fein MEP, Lynn Boylan, has criticised Fine Gael MEPs for putting business interests before public health.

Speaking after the European Parliament vote on the Regulation for the labelling of spirit drinks, the Dublin MEP said;

"The European Commission has dodged and obfuscated on the issue of drinks labelling, despite their own report last March finding no justification for the exemption of alcoholic beverages from nutritional labelling. 

"This drinks labelling file, while technical in nature, was an opportunity for the European Parliament to take the matter into their own hands and insist on mandatory nutritional labelling, which would help consumers make informed and healthier choices.

"It is for this reason that I submitted amendments calling for such labelling.

"It appears that Fine Gael MEPs are utterly spellbound by the tricks of the industry lobbyists, who consider the inclusion of calorific energy content too much of an infringement on the profits of the sector.

"It's beggars belief that MEPs from the governing party in a country with one of the worst obesity rates in the world, with around 60% of adults overweight or obese, would vote against minimum nutritional labelling."

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