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Junk food advertising rules are a pantomime [ 100% ]

10 May 2011

Self-regulation has failed to reduce children's exposure to unhealthy food advertising, and comprehensive legislation to restrict the range of marketing techniques used by companies to target children is needed.

Opinion piece in Croakey - How long can the Australian Food and Grocery Council peddle junk claims? [ 87% ]

29 June 2011

Croakey opinion piece - AFGC claims about junk food advertising and self-regulation

Junk food advertising to kids is rife [ 79% ]

19 January 2011

A report released by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) today highlights how ineffective self-regulation has been in decreasing children's exposure to junk food advertising.

It's a Knockout! ACMA report delivers blow to self-regulation [ 74% ]

7 December 2011

A report released today by the media watchdog, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), further highlights the inadequacy of self-regulation of junk food advertising, according to Jane Martin, senior policy adviser for the Obesity Policy Coalition.

Exposing the Charade report [ 55% ]

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.


Health groups release detailed investigation into failure of junk food marketing codes [ 32% ]

12 November 2012

Today, the Obesity Policy Coalition, a coalition of leading health bodies, has released one of the most comprehensive investigations into Australia’s self-regulatory system for food marketing ever undertaken.

Nestle Milky Bar Kids website [ 30% ]

27 July 2011

The OPC complained that the Nestle Milky Bar Kid competition website, at, breached the Australian Association of National Advertisers' (AANA) Food Code as it was contrary to prevailing community standards and undermined the importance of healthy diets. Recognising that the Responsible Children's Marketing Initiative (RCMI) does not apply to company owned websites, the OPC nevertheless asked the ASB to encourage Nestle to cease promoting Milky Bars directly to children and to withdraw the website.   

The website promoted the search for the new "Milky Bar Kid" competition. If featured young contenders and encouraged children to vote for their favourites. It also featured fun activities for children and promoted milky bars.

Hungry Jack’s Kids Club Meals - Golden Compass TV ad [ 30% ]

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.

Uncle Toby’s Roll-Ups ‘Fruba News’ email and website [ 30% ]

18 May 2007

Uncle Tobys sent an email newsletter promoting Roll-Ups to children who had registered on the Roll-Ups ‘Frubalia' website. The newsletter and website told children to 'ask mum or dad' to buy Roll-Ups to enter competition to win prizes, including a Playstation, Sony camera and iPod.

The OPC complained to the ASB that the email and website breached clauses 3.5 (pester power) and 3.7 (premiums) of the AANA Food Code (because they told children to ask their parents to buy the product, and because they were dominated by a premium offer (entry to the competition and chance to win prizes).

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