Minister in strife over food website's demise

A junior minister is under pressure over her staffer and what role he played in the disappearance of a Department of Health food ratings website.

This week  assistant Health Minister Senator Fiona Nash (pictured) was grilled in parliament over her chief of staff Alastair Furnival.

It has emerged that Mr Furnival is a former chairman of a lobbying firm called Australian Public Affairs which is now run by his wife Tracey Cain.

The company has represented the Australian Beverages Council, Mondelez and Cadbury. All of them are opposed to a new health star rating website, which provided