Health chief blasts alcohol lobbyists

EU health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis blasted the influence of powerful corporate lobbyists for the alcohol industry Thursday, calling them “blind” to the premature deaths of their customers, writes.

Much of the commissioner’s remarks focused on alcohol, and Andriukaitis, a doctor by training, had harsh words for corporate interests. He said the sensitive issues of pricing, marketing and labeling should all be addressed at the EU level.

“But believe me it is not so easy,” the former health minister for Lithuania told a crowd of health wonks at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

Referring to the EU’s mandatory nutrition labeling for food products, he said: “Alcohol is the exception. Why? Because of lobbying.”

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