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ACT Government's consultation ‘Have your say on food and drink marketing in Canberra, particularly those aimed at children' [ 70% ]

1 November 2015

The OPC's submission welcomed the ACT government's interest in restricting unhealthy food marketing to children in the locations proposed, including in businesses, sporting clubs and organisations, and ACT government venues, while also highlighting the importance of a comprehensive approach, led by government, capable of ensuring that children's exposure to unhealthy food marketing is reduced in a meaningful way. Further information about the ACT's consultation is available here  

Issues Paper to inform the development of a national food plan [ 68% ]

1 September 2011

The OPC's submission to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's Issues Paper to inform the development of a national food plan recommended:

  • An overarching approach to food policy and regulation that prioritises public health, in particular the reduction of obesity, overweight and chronic diease 
  • Prioritisation of public health objectives when considering how to minimise regulatory burdens
  • Linkages between the plan and other food related documents
  • Recognition of food advertising as a key driver of childhood overweight and obesity
  • Development and administration of the plan across portfolios, with input from public health group.

The OPC also recommended that the government adopt the recommendations in the Labelling Logic report, investigate options for taxing/subsiding foods to influence consumption, set maximum targets for fat, sugar and salt across food categories (and targets for reduced population intake) and restrict unhealthy food advertising to children.

Sports star endorsement works a treat on junk food packaging [ 67% ]

28 May 2013

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

Policy brief: Mandatory kilojoule labelling in chain food outlets in Australia [ 66% ]


Poor diets and high body mass index are leading contributors to the burden of chronic disease in Australia. There is evidence that providing clear kilojoule information at the point of sale in chain food outlets, along with public education, causes consumers to purchase fewer kilojoules overall.

This policy brief explores evidence of the impact of clear chain fast food menu labelling on diet, both in Australia and internationally and considers legislative actions undertaken in Australia.

Exposing the Charade report [ 66% ]

12 November 2012

The Obesity Policy Coalition has released one of the most comprehensive investigations into Australia's self-regulatory system for food marketing ever undertaken.

Detailed analysis illustrates how the advertising codes that claim to protect children from junk food advertising have resolutely failed. Further, the report highlights the litany of loopholes being used by the processed food industry to continue to promote their products despite childhood obesity sitting at record levels. 

Read the report.  

See the Obesity Policy Coalition's media release.


Policy brief: Problems with the Daily Intake Guide Food Labelling Scheme [ 64% ]

11 April 2014

The food industry’s voluntary Daily Intake Guide front-of-pack labelling scheme is not effective to guide consumers to healthier food choices. Research has found that the scheme is confusing for consumers, especially consumers with low literacy and from lower socio-economic groups. The scheme is not based on current recommended energy and nutrient intakes, may be misleading, particularly when used on children’s products, may encourage people to aim to reach (rather than stay below) ‘recommended’ intake levels for unhealthy nutrients (e.g. sodium, saturated fat and sugar) and energy, and does not provide consumers with interpretive guidance about the healthiness of products.

Australia should follow Mexico's lead and investigate tax on soft drinks and junk food [ 63% ]

6 November 2013

As Mexico enters the final stages to introduce a tax on sugary soft drink and junk food, new public opinion data reveals Australians are also in favour of pricing interventions to improve health, with more than two thirds (68%) in support of increasing the price of unhealthy foods and using the money to reduce the cost of healthy foods.

Health groups say parents & kids will benefit from ACT Greens' junk food ad commitment [ 62% ]

12 September 2012

The OPC has backed an election commitment announced today by the ACT Greens to restrict junk food advertising directed at children. The proposed plan would mean junk food advertising was no longer able to be shown on TV when large numbers of children are watching.

End the Charade! The ongoing failure to protect children from unhealthy food marketing [ 58% ]

1 December 2015

Australians are becoming increasingly concerned about children’s unhealthy diets, high rates of overweight and obesity and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The nation’s system for protecting children from unhealthy food marketing is mostly a voluntary, self-regulatory system, operated by the food and advertising industries. In 2012, the Obesity Policy Coalition released a report titled Exposing the Charade. This report explored the problems of unhealthy food marketing to children and highlighted the key failures of the self-regulatory system to protect children from this type of marketing. In particular, it highlighted major loopholes in the self-regulatory codes, explored the narrow application of these codes and concluded that government led regulation is urgently needed.

This new report from the OPC, End the Charade! demonstrates that the system is continuing to fail and that the few protections that do exist are being slowly weakened, and with no accountability or input from stakeholders.

Salt, fat and energy reduction targets only valuable if monitored [ 57% ]

10 October 2012

The government and the Australian public should be wary of the Australian Food and Grocery Council's (AFGC) Healthier Australia Commitment, which was launched today, according to the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC).

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