The disclosure is likely to trigger controversy, since Professor Ian Macdonald, a nutritionist who has worked for Coca-Cola and Mars, is amid five of eight members of the panel who have been accused by anti-sugar campaigners of “worryingly close” ties with the rapidly meals and confectionary market.
The nutritionist, who is chairman of the carbohydrate doing work group at the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) is recognized to be critical of some of the claims created by anti-sugar campaigners, which he considers “irresponsible” and “ill informed”.
In an interview just before the new WHO guidance was published final week, Macdonald explained: “The place, I’ve been informed by the officials, is that actually we would get note of it, but we would not act on it. The government will act on the tips that comes from [the United kingdom specialist panel].”
On Sunday Government officials confirmed that their advice will come from SACN, even though they stated the committee was anticipated to meticulously consider the proof which led WHO to make its recommendations.