Most food products made by Swiss company Nestle are unhealthy: Report
Swiss-based Nestle, the world’s largest food company, is facing growing criticism after a new report revealed that a large portion of its food and drinks as unhealthy.
The Financial Times said in a report that Nestle internal documents showed that more than 60% of the company's mainstream food and drinks portfolio failed to meet standards of health and nutrition.
The British newspaper said it had seen the internal document circulated among Nestle's top executives early this year.
The paper said this assessment applied to about half of Nestle's overall portfolio because categories like medical nutrition, pet food, coffee and infant formula were excluded from the analysis.
Nestle said in a statement it was working on a "company-wide project" to update its nutrition and health strategy and was looking at its entire portfolio to make sure its products helped meet people's nutritional needs.
It said it had reduced sugars and sodium in its products by about 14-15% in the past seven years and would continue to make its products healthier.
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