BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme will air in-depth coverage of The Grocer's Food and Health Debate next month as industry figures meet to unpick the Government's thinking on public health.

Secretary of state for health Andrew Lansley will kick off the debate at Central Hall in Westminster on 2 February, with a keynote speech providing insight into the coalition's public health strategy and what it will mean for the food and drink sector.

As the industry digests the government's latest plans to set minimum alcohol prices by banning the sale of drinks below cost price, expert speakers will discuss the implications of the regulatory move and whether it can cure Britain's binge-drinking epidemic.

Speakers from leading NGOs, the British Nutrition Foundation and the National Heart Forum, will debate the issues such as the Change4Life initiative and obesity, with speakers from PepsiCo and McCain Foods assessing the industry's progress on reformulation.

Food labelling will be another key focus, particularly the impact of new front-of-pack proposals.

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