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KJs on the menu: a healthy step for Victorians [ 32% ]

7 April 2016

The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed the Victorian Government's announcement this morning that it will implement mandatory kilojoule labelling in chain fast food outlets and supermarkets across the state.

Victorian government's Inquiry into Environmental Design and Public Health [ 31% ]

30 June 2011

The OPC's submission to the inquiry welcomed the Victorian Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee's broad Terms of Reference, including to review the evidence regarding the contribution of the environment to public health and wellbeing, evaluate the current approach to environmental design and planning in Victoria and determine opportunities to influence environmental design and planning for health. It supported the call in VicHealth's submission for improvements to planning that increase access to healthier foods and promote physical activity. In addition, it encouraged the committee to review the evidence on the relationship between the number of fast food outlets in a neighbourhood and health outcomes in the commmunity.

This inquiry followed on from an incomplete review by the Victorian government in 2009 of the Planning and Environment Act.  In its submissions to this review, the OPC highlighted the role of planning and the environment in improving public health. It also recommended amendments to the Act to require that health and wellbeing be recognized as objectives of planning, and that health be taken into consideration throughout the planning process. To view these submissions, click here.

Streets Paddle Pops website and TV ad [ 31% ]

10 February 2010

The OPC complained that the website and TV ad for the Streets Paddle Pop ‘Lick-a-prize’ promotion breached the AANA Food Code and Children’s Code because they featured a premium (the chance to win prizes), they were likely to mislead children to believe that the products being promoted were the prizes, they encouraged excessive consumption of Paddle Pops, and they created pester power.

See the OPC's complaint about the Paddle Pops website here

See the OPC's complaint about the Paddle Pops TV ad here

Nine in ten consumers give traffic light labels green light [ 31% ]

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.

‘Added sugar’ labelling delay symptom of broader lack of obesity policy [ 31% ]

27 November 2017

Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition, Jane Martin, responds to the communique released by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation yesterday.

Hungry Jack’s Kids Club Meals - Golden Compass TV ad [ 31% ]

14 February 2008

The OPC complained that the ad breached the premium provision of the AANA Food Code because it was directed to children and promoted free Golden Compass animal character toys with Kids Club Meals, and that it breached the pester power provision of the Code because it encouraged children to pester parents to take them to Hungry Jack's in order to buy the meal with the toys.

Junior Masterchef - Streets Magnum TV ad [ 31% ]

6 October 2010

The OPC complained that an ad for the Streets Magnum ‘1 in 6’ promotion breached the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s ‘Responsible Children’s Marketing Initiative’ (RCMI) because Magnum ice creams are not a healthy dietary choice, and the ad was shown during high rating programs for children, including Junior Masterchef, Modern Family, Talkin ‘Bout Your Generation and The Simpsons (all among the top ten rating programs for children aged 5-12 years).

OPC welcomes relaunch of Health Star Rating website [ 30% ]

6 December 2014

The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed the Federal Government's move to re-launch the website that facilitates the Health Star Rating label system on packaged foods.

McDonald's slammed for offering cash rebates to schools when students buy fast food [ 30% ]

17 February 2015

Health groups have today condemned McDonald's for seeking to promote its unhealthy products to children in schools, kindergartens and early childhood centres.

Free TV Australia's review of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice [ 30% ]

1 April 2015

The OPC's submission focuses upon the role that the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice (CTICP) should play in restricting unhealthy food advertising to children.

In particular, it expresses concern about Free TV Australia's proposal to remove the only clauses in the CTICP that relate to unhealthy food advertising to children. It submits that at the very least, the current restrictions that apply to unhealthy food advertising to children should be retained and strengthened. Preferably, and to meaningfully reduce children's exposure to unhealthy food advertising, the OPC proposes that comprehensive amendments should be made to address the volume of unhealthy food advertising on television and the marketing techniques most commonly used to reach children.

If a co-regulatory approach capable of protecting children from this type of advertising cannot be achieved, a regulatory approach will be required.

Free TV Australia released its new Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice on 10 November 2015, which removed the clauses relating to unhealthy food advertising to children. The new code is available here

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