American Congress has slammed the Health and Nutrition Information Service which advises government departments for putting out misleading information on the nutritional content of foods.

Handbook 8, the “food bible”, produced by the service, is used by 22 government agencies to decide policy, including things like the nutritional content of school lunches.

However, an investigation has shown that much of the data promulgated by the handbook is unreliable, with 85 per cent of it being provided by the food industry itself. “Data on bacon cheeseburgers came primarily from brochures provided by fast food chains,” says a recent government report.

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