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Government joins Greens for war upon the franchises.

By johnboy - 24 August 2011 26

The Greens are celebrating gaining Labor support for their campaign to force restaurant franchises to list kilojoules on their menu boards.

“The Greens legislation will apply to large food chains which have seven or more outlets in the ACT, or 50 or more in Australia.

“NSW already has similar laws for fast food outlets to display the kilojoule content in at least the same font size as the price on each of their food items. This Bill will bring the ACT in-line with its neighbour and looks to build on the NSW model. Other states, including South Australia, are considering similar legislation.

“There will also be a requirement for menu boards to state that ‘recommended average daily energy intake is 8 700 kJ’.

The legislation also requires the Minister for Health to undertake a review of the legislation after it has been in force for three years and consider whether salt, fat and carbohydrates should be included in mandatory display information.

An unintended consquence is that the less affluent will be able to choose which option offers the best kilojoule/dollar value.

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26 Responses to
Government joins Greens for war upon the franchises.
Chop71 9:30 am 25 Aug 11

ACT= Nanny State

colourful sydney rac 8:58 am 25 Aug 11

I initially thought this sort of thing was a good idea but after giving it more consideration I don’t see how this is going to change anyones eating choices and even I think this is a bit over the top (bearing in mind that I lurve the nanny state).

luther_bendross 8:52 am 25 Aug 11

I’m tipping that most people eating at Macca’s, KFC et al don’t give a salad fork about kilojoules. Thankyou Greens, now how shall I wipe my ass?

what_the 7:06 am 25 Aug 11

I look forward to the government funding positions in restaurants to spoon feed me also.

Tetranitrate 11:44 pm 24 Aug 11

Mr Evil said :

So, are you saying that a Big Mac really isn’t a healthy food choice?

OMG – WHY DIDN’T SOMEBODY TELL ME EARLIER????

If only I’d known this was the case, then maybe my television remote wouldn’t have gotten wedged between my stomach rolls last week.

Thank you Greens – now I can turn my life around and become a ballerina, like I’ve always dreamed of being one day……

In all seriousness big macs aren’t actually that bad if you’re aware of what you’re eating and actually treat the burger alone as the better part of a meal.
– it’s around 2000kj, which isn’t going to kill anyone who’s eating an otherwise balanced diet.
Large fries and a large soft drink will pretty much double that though.

Mr Evil 10:35 pm 24 Aug 11

So, are you saying that a Big Mac really isn’t a healthy food choice?

OMG – WHY DIDN’T SOMEBODY TELL ME EARLIER????

If only I’d known this was the case, then maybe my television remote wouldn’t have gotten wedged between my stomach rolls last week.

Thank you Greens – now I can turn my life around and become a ballerina, like I’ve always dreamed of being one day……

creative_canberran 10:12 pm 24 Aug 11

justin heywood said :

What is the relevance of the ‘number of outlets’ to the problem? Bad food is bad food. Why should this apply to the big chains and not Oportos, Kingsleys etc?

Applicability is 7 or more in the ACT or 50 or more Australia wide.
Kingsleys has 8 operational stores so they will need to comply.
As will Oporto who have well over 50 locations Australia wide.

The reason for a threshold regarding the number of outlets would assumedly have something to do with the capacity of the business to afford the necessary tests to determine the nutritional values of their foods. Take certain local asian and middle eastern restaurants who have 2 or 3 locations. If they had to put the kj of their stir fries and pides on their menu, it could cost quite a bit to produce the food and have it analysed. Where as chains tend to have labs in house or the financial capacity to contract the work.

justin heywood 8:10 pm 24 Aug 11

What is the relevance of the ‘number of outlets’ to the problem? Bad food is bad food. Why should this apply to the big chains and not Oportos, Kingsleys etc?

Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that that the targets happen to be those evil American multinationals, would it?

The Greens really piss me off. Anybody with half a brain is increasingly concerned about the environment. But in order to support the one party which (ostensibly) has the environment as their main platform, you also have to sign up to all their other anti-capitalist flat earth idiocy.

2604 8:09 pm 24 Aug 11

Thumper said :

The dumbing down of society and removing of personal responsibility. What a joke.

More like, the Greens presuming to know best and telling others how their lives should be lived.

Henry82 8:01 pm 24 Aug 11

Who cares? Its on the side of the box already. It won’t change my eating habits.

If anything, it will probably make the board type face smaller (so they can fit it all in), making it hard to read 🙁

Thumper 7:47 pm 24 Aug 11

The dumbing down of society and removing of personal responsibility. What a joke.

creative_canberran 7:22 pm 24 Aug 11

I wish they’d cut it out with this shallow BS. This means nothing. Those who care likely already have a fair idea about the nutrition value of the food, and those who don’t will eat it regardless.

Why don’t they get their act together and hurry up with the food safety register and labels, something that will actually do some good.

dungfungus 6:31 pm 24 Aug 11

The Greens and the ACT Labor Government would give a better outcome for ACT ratepayers if they dropped this “mung bean mentality pre-occupation” nonsense and spent some money on repairing footpaths in Tuggeranong. The cracked and collapse concrete footpaths (generally only on one side of the street) are not being replaced; rather the contractor (driving a very new truck) simply spreads some bitumen mix in the cracks and dusts it off with sand. It is a “first class-third world” job. The sections too large to fill with the ration of tar and sand are simply left with the bare earth exposed.
Obviously the money that should be spent on it is instead going towards maintaining bike paths.
I hope the government’s pedestrian public liability exposure is adequate.

Tetranitrate 5:54 pm 24 Aug 11

Honestly don’t care much. I’m fairly aware of the kj and nutritional content of fast food anyway though – which is why when I do end up going to maccas or whatever I only every get a burger and never get fries/soft-drink.

daddy 4:50 pm 24 Aug 11

I do hope they are going to program the terminals to limit the kJ content you can purchase in a single transaction. I would suggest fingerprint scanning each person in a group as well to ensure everyone is covered and no-one can be buying for “my friends over there”.

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