Coca-Cola says it will drive obesity battle with calorie counts

Global drinks maker pledges measures in 200 countries and promises end to advertising aimed at children under 12 Coca-Cola has announced plans to help tackle obesity by displaying the calorie counts of its fizzy drinks more visibly and promoting regular exercise. The measures, which will cover more than 200 countries, are part of the strategy […]


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Simon Hoggart’s Week: Politicians’ nonverbal signals are a hard to report

Our politicians may have found a subtle way of making impossible to report comments, distorted facial expressions ?A new trend, perhaps: a cunning form of off-the-record political shorthand. Chatting to Boris Johnson briefly, I mentioned an extremely well-known member of the cabinet. He gave me a very Borisovian gurn, to indicate disapproval, even contempt. But […]


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Olympics attacked for fast food and fizzy drink links

The Childrens’ Food Campaign says chance to create a positive health legacy from London 2012 has been squandered Health campaigners are urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban junk food and fizzy drink brands from future sporting sponsorship deals in a critical new report which says the committee has squandered the chance to create […]


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London 2012 Olympic sponsors list: who are they and what have they paid?

How much are companies pouring into sponsoring London 2012? We’ve compiled the first list of how much they are spending• Get the data• Data journalism and data visualisations from the Guardian Who is footing the London 2012 sponsorship bill? Thanks to the London 2012 site, we know who the sponsors are – but what we […]


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Feeding the Olympics: menus to take Games visitors around the world

Sushi and goat curry will sit alongside fish and chips – and McDonald’s – as organisers promise quality and value for money Offering everything from goat curry to frosted cupcakes, South African barbeque to fish and chips, the spectators’ menus to be unveiled next week aim to cast the London Games as a festival of […]


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Breakthrough in mixed plastics recycling as new plant opens

The £15m facility in north Lincolnshire will use advanced technology to integrate the processing of both plastic bottles and polymers A major breakthrough in the challenge of recycling mixed plastics – a long-standing issue for consumers – has been made with the opening of a new national recycling plant. The £15m facility in north Lincolnshire […]


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McDonald’s Olympic plan to ‘make children healthier’

Activity toys with Happy Meals and vouchers for sport sessions part of fast food giant’s drive to dispel unhealthy image In the wake of a fresh wave of criticism over its involvement as an Olympics sponsor, McDonald’s has unveiled a large-scale promotional push that it claims will make children healthier. The fast-food giant plans to […]


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Doctors turn on No 10 over failure to curb obesity surge

Major food and drinks firms fuel crisis with irresponsible marketing, claim doctors, who call for ban on fast-food sponsorship deals The body that represents every doctor in the country has launched an unprecedented attack on the coalition government’s failed strategy to tackle an obesity epidemic in the UK. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges demands […]


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Coca-Cola and PepsiCo sever ties with group behind stand-your-ground laws

American Legislative Exchange Council is known for helping to pass laws favoring gun owners and voter ID requirements Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have ended their partnerships with a conservative group that supports the spread of restrictive voting laws and stand-your-ground legislation. The announcements came after campaigners urged consumers to boycott companies linked with the the the […]


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Coke and Pepsi change recipe to avoid cancer warning

Coke and Pepsi change the way they make their drinks to avoid a cancer warning label in compliance with Californian law Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing the way they make the caramel colouring used in their drinks as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a […]


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