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Doritos, Snickers and Pizza Are Under Attack

A British government report has suggested banning snacks on public transport. The food industry needs to shape up or face a similar fate to tobacco.

No more of this?

No more of this?

Photographer: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe

Why should society permit the existence of food companies that contribute to poor health? The standard answer is that people should be allowed to make bad choices about what they eat and drink. But that’s a slippery defense when the consumers are children and the choices they face are loaded against their wellbeing, as Thursday’s British government report on childhood obesity makes clear.

The snacks industry — from Mondelez International Inc. to Coca-Cola Co. and from Nestle SA to the Kraft Heinz Company — needs to rethink its purpose, and strategy, if its license to operate is to endure.