If I ever decide to start a junk food company, I am moving to the U.K. The British government is being very generous with research funds that will help me come up with tasty munchies I can label “healthy.”
The Telegraph listed some of the foxes receiving money to check out the food henhouse. They included:
- GlaxoSmithKline, £189,340 to study the health benefits of polyphenols from fruit. That will help their Lucozade and Ribena products earn healthier status. It will, of course, not be enough to offset their fines of $750 million in 2010 for fraudulent claims, $240,000 in early 2012 for irregularities in the recruitment of babies for vaccine trials or $3 billion fine for another drug fraud in July 2012. Well, they probably needed the money after making only $9 billion profit on 2011 sales of $44 billion.
- Bernard Matthews, the giant turkey company, £223,060 “to develop new tests on farms for food poisoning bacteria.” This is the same company that in 2007 was caught on video subjecting its turkeys to some of the most shocking examples of animal cruelty and filthy conditions. The company has added a free-range line and made some strides toward energy sustainability, but still raises the majority of its birds in factory-farm conditions.
- PepsiCo, £246,669 to develop healthier snacks and an undisclosed amount to develop salt reduction technologies (with the help of publicly funded research from Birmingham University). This is the company fighting GMO labeling in California, exporting tooth decay to Ecuador and adding to the obesity epidemic with their sugared and diet beverages. The company earned a reported $66.5 billion in 2011 so definitely needs corporate welfare.
There are others on the list, but you get the idea.
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