Response from the Food and Drink Federation to today's Health Select Committee report.
FDF Director of Communications Terry Jones said:
"We congratulate the Health Select Committee on its detailed and thorough report.
"We have read the Committee's comments on the Responsibility Deal with interest. We note that they appear to be based largely on its comments on the alcohol debate. In relation to tackling obesity, as the Committee's report makes clear, the Public Health Responsibility Deal can only be one element of a complex matrix of actions by a range of actors. It is not a 'silver bullet'."
"Business does not 'set the agenda' through the Responsibility Deal. But the Deal provides an important platform for debate and action across a range of stakeholders, within which industry can build on its record of achievement in key areas such as product reformulation and labelling to make a real contribution to improving public health."
The Food and Drink Federation is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country.
Our sector directly employs up to 400,000 people, and as many as 1.2 million in ancillary services; it accounts for 15% of the UK's total manufacturing sector by value; and it is an invaluable partner to British agriculture, buying two thirds of what farmers produce. Our membership comprises manufacturers of all sizes as well as trade associations dealing with specific sectors of the industry.