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Parents duped by sports star endorsement of junk food [ 100% ]

15 February 2011

Endorsements by well-known sports personalities and selective nutrition claims on food packaging influence parents to buy unhealthy food for their children, according to Cancer Council Victoria’s new study.

Fat chance of a fair game: new sports drinks proposal will mislead consumers on nutritional information, experts warn [ 59% ]

23 September 2014

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is warning that proposed changes to food regulations could allow popular sports drinks with nearly as much sugar as soft drink to carry health claims, which could mislead the public into thinking they were healthier choices than water.

FSANZ Proposal P1037 amendments associated with nutrition and health claims [ 57% ]

1 July 2015


The OPC's submission focuses on proposed amendments to the Food Code relating to the Health Star Rating (HSR) system and Percentage Daily (%DI) Intake declarations.

In particular, the OPC's submission highlights the need to:

  • ensure that compliance obligations do not have the effect of dissuading food manufacturers from using the HSR system in preference to %DI labels. 
  • amend Standard 1.2.8 of the Food Code to mandate the use of the HSR system if a nutrition claim is made. 
  • ensure that a HSR with the energy icon is required if %DI information for energy alone is to be presented outside the Nutrition Information Panel.

Amendments associated with Nutrition and Health Claims were approved October 2015. For further information, see FSANZ Notification Circular (24–15), published on 2 October 2015

Comprehensive Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy [ 55% ]

14 May 2010

The Comprehensive Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy (2011) was undertaken at the request of the Australian Ministerial Council, with the agreement of the Council of Australian Governments.

The OPC's first submission was in response to the Food Regulation Standing Committee's (FRSC) Consultation Paper for a Front of Pack Labelling Policy Guideline. The OPC recommended that the policy guideline should support the introduction of a uniform, mandatory and easy to use front of pack labelling system, preferably a traffic light labelling system.

The OPC's second submission was in response to the review panel's issues consultation paper. It outlined a number of key recommendations for changes to food labelling law and policy to encourage healthier patterns of eating in the Australian population, including:

  • Mandatory traffic light labelling on the front of food packages, in fast food outlets and in food retail outlets in public institutions (e.g. hospitals and schools)
  • Restrictions on use of nutrition claims (e.g. high fibre) in food advertising and on packaging to foods that meet general nutrition profile criteria (to ensure claims can only be made about foods that are healthy overall)
  • Requirements for disclosure of nutrition information in food advertisements
  • Establishment of a national food labelling enforcement authority
  • Development of overarching food labelling principles, and detailed food labelling interpretation guidelines

The Review Panel adopted a number of the OPC's recommendations for food labelling reforms (see Labelling Logic - Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy Report). In particular, the Review Panel recommended the introduction of a traffic light labelling system on the front of food packs and fast food menus (recommendations 50 - 54), the introduction of mandatory energy labelling on fast food menus and vending machines (recommendation 18),  requirement that all foods that make nutrition claims must meet general nutrition profile criteria (recommendation 20b) and establishment of a food labelling bureau (recommendation 57- 61).

The OPC's third submission was to inform the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments' response to the Labelling Logic report. It encouraged Australian governments to support the adoption of the recommendations in the report, particularly recommendations 50 - 54, 18, 20b and 57-61. It also made some additional suggestions to strengthen the effectiveness of, and compliance with, any traffic light labelling scheme.

Sports star endorsement works a treat on junk food packaging [ 42% ]

28 May 2013

Claims such as 'Good source of calcium and protein' and sports star endorsements on food packaging do influence children's choices.

Landmark report sets out ambitious roadmap to tackle obesity and unhealthy diets [ 40% ]

20 February 2017

A landmark study involving more than 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations across the country has identified critical action areas for Australian governments to tackle the rise of obesity through unhealthy diets - now one of the leading causes of preventable death and disability in Australia.

Heinz under spotlight over ‘healthy' high-sugar toddler snacks [ 39% ]

21 June 2016

Food companies who make misleading health claims on children's products have been put on notice today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Nine in ten consumers give traffic light labels green light [ 34% ]

5 September 2011

Research released today by the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) reveals Australian grocery buyers are overwhelmingly (87%) in favour of clearer nutrition labels on packaged food in the form of traffic light ratings.

Breakfast cereals up to one third sugar: new analysis shows. Health groups call for clear labelling [ 9% ]

17 March 2015

Australian cereal manufacturers are potentially misleading consumers by promoting healthy sounding statements on their packaging despite sugar making up more than 35% of the ingredients of some popular brands, a recent survey has revealed.

United call for traffic lights defies industry objections [ 9% ]

28 October 2011

Australia’s leading public health, medical and consumer groups urge governments to put consumers first and green light traffic light labelling.

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