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SA Health: Display of Kilojoule Information in Chain Food Outlets - Explanatory Paper for Draft Food Variation Regulations 2011 [ 76% ]

23 September 2011

The OPC's submission to SA Health's explanatory paper strongly supported the proposed regulations to require the display of kilojoule information on menus in chain food outlets in South Australia. The OPC also made recommendations to strengthen the application of the proposed regulations and encourage compliance by the food industry.

Parents duped by sports star endorsement of junk food [ 76% ]

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.

Policy brief: Harmful impacts of unhealthy food sponsorship in children's sporting settings [ 75% ]

14 March 2014

Advertising activities, including sponsorship of sport and community events by food brands and products are known to positively shape children's food preferences. It is therefore unsurprising that food companies are increasingly taking up sponsorship of professional and grass-roots sporting clubs and events in our communities as a marketing opportunity.

This policy brief provides an overview of: 

  1. The growing body of evidence of the impact this kind of marketing activity has on children's brand attitudes, food preferences and diets
  2. The current and emerging profile of sports sponsorship as a marketing activity in Australia
  3. Legal, policy and program options for Australian federal and state governments to reduce children's exposure to this harmful marketing.

Charade of ‘responsible’ junk food ads worsening [ 75% ]

1 December 2015

A new Obesity Policy Coalition report calls for action to protect children from junk food marketing, as profit-hungry food advertisers exploit loopholes in self-regulatory codes. The report, End the Charade, highlights the failures of self-regulation by the food and advertising industries, exposing sneaky tactics that are resulting in children being bombarded with junk food advertising.

Submission to Food Standards Australia New Zealand Consultation on Proposal P1030 [ 74% ]

30 September 2014


In 2014, Food Standards Australia New Zealand consulted publicly on a proposal to change the way formulated supplementary sports foods and electrolyte drinks (including popular sports drinks) were regulated. 

The proposed changes to the Food Code, if adopted, would allow popular sports drinks to carry a greater range of health claims, despite being very high in sugar and not recommended for most Australians as part of a healthy diet.

Public health and consumer groups opposed the proposal in written submissions, arguing the proposed changes would be misleading and would undermine initiatives aimed at empowering healthy dietary choices.

Greens Commit to Ban on Junk Food Advertising to Children [ 73% ]

9 August 2013

As part of a policy announcement, the Greens have confirmed they will target junk food advertisers as part of a preventative health plan to tackle childhood obesity.

Latest opinion poll shows thumbs down for junk food sponsorship of kids sport [ 71% ]

13 December 2013

Almost seven out of 10 Australian adults believe the sponsorship of children's sporting activities by fast food chains such as McDonald's and KFC should be restricted, if not stopped entirely.

Health Star Rating Call on Food Ministers [ 71% ]

26 June 2014

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Obesity Policy Coalition have called on Ministers at the Food Ministers’ Forum[1] tomorrow to support the Health Star Rating system and to re-establish the website that facilitates the new Health Star Rating on packaged food.

New research: Killer-joules and traffic lights on fast food menus make for healthier choices [ 70% ]

10 April 2013

A coalition of leading health agencies is calling on the Victorian Government to implement kilojoule and traffic light labelling on fast food menus in light of new research showing the combination of information can lead consumers to make healthier choices.

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