9 Mar 2021

Concern COVID was used to promote unhealthy food

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:24 pm on 9 March 2021

Public health experts are concerned there was an effort to shift more unhealthy food and drink during times of COVID lock downs by promoting them as being in step with the nationwide response to the pandemic.

Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, Dr Sarah Clare Gerritsen is one of the authors of a report which looked closely the "covid-washing" of unhealthy food around the country.

She explains to Jesse what they uncovered about the link between peddling less healthy food and drink to vulnerable communities under the guise of  a "COVID response".

Dr Sarah Gerritsen from the University of Auckland's School of Population Health

Photo: Supplied

Get the RNZ app

for easy access to all your favourite programmes

Subscribe to Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Podcast (MP3) Oggcast (Vorbis)