|Britain's Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales seems to be reluctant
to taste a plate of grilled salmon, during a visit with the Duchess of
Cornwall to the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates while on a tour of the Gulf region,Tuesday Feb 27,
2007. Fast food chain McDonald's said it was disappointed to be criticised
by the Prince of Wales Tuesday, after he appeared to suggest banning its
food was the 'key' to improving diet and fitness.(AP Photo/ John
Prince Charles suggested Tuesday on a visit to the United Arab Emirates that
banning McDonald's fast food was crucial for improving people's diets, a British
news agency reported.
Charles made the comments while visiting the Imperial College London
Diabetes Center in Abu Dhabi for the
launch of a public health campaign, The Press Association reported.
"Have you got anywhere with McDonald's? Have you tried getting it banned?
That's the key," Charles was quoted as asking one of the center's nutritionists.
A McDonald's spokesman, Nick Hindle, called the remark disappointing. He said
other members of the royal family "have probably got a more up-to-date picture
of us," alluding to reports that Charles' son, Prince Harry, was spotted eating
a chicken burger at McDonald's in 2005.
"This appears to be an
off-the-cuff remark, in our opinion," Hindle said. "It does not
reflect our menu or where we are as a business."
The Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald's Corp. took steps last year to
display nutrition facts on its packaging and vary its menu to counter charges
that its food is unhealthy and contributes to obesity. There are 25 McDonald's
franchises in the United Arab Emirates.
Charles, who is first in line to the British throne, is an active advocate
of organic food and in 1986 set up a
farm on his Highgrove Estate that does not use artificial pesticides or
The prince was in the United Arab Emirates with his wife, Camilla, as part of
a tour of Gulf countries.
The United Arab Emirates has the world's second highest number of diabetes
cases per capita, with more than 20 percent of those aged 20 to 79 already
diagnosed with the illness, while 40 percent of the population are at risk.
Diabetes Center: 糖尿病治疗中心
off the cuff: in an extemporaneous or