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Greens push kilojoule counts on large fast food outlets

By johnboy - 6 April 2011 33

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced that she has tabled a “Fast Food Information Bill”:

Major fast food outlets would be required to display the energy (in kilojoules) content of food products on menu boards under new laws proposed by ACT Greens Health spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA.

“People are eating out more often, so it is more important to have clear information about how much energy is in the food,” Ms Bresnan said.

“More than half of the ACT population is overweight, which can cause a range of major health problems, many fatal. There is speculation that we may see an unprecedented decrease in life expectancies if something isn’t done to reverse the obesity epidemic.”

The scheme will target large fast food chains and will apply to those businesses which have seven or more outlets in the ACT, or 50 or more in Australia.“Where the scheme has been implemented in New York and California, studies have shown that some fast food outlets changed the ingredients of their food products to reduce the energy content.

“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.

“My legislation also proposes that the menu board must state that ‘recommended average daily energy intake is 8,700 kJ’.

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33 Responses to
Greens push kilojoule counts on large fast food outlets
creative_canberran 12:20 am 07 Apr 11

It’s on the packets already and has made no difference by all reports.
Those who care already know. Those who don’t won’t bother reading it or understand it anyway.

cleo 12:03 am 07 Apr 11

I think people should take responsibility for themselves, it’s becoming a communist country!
We don’t need someone telling what to eat, next thing they will be having us weighted at the railway station lol, only obese people.

Chief Ten Beers 9:58 pm 06 Apr 11

What’s with this obsession of telling people how to live? I guess it will push up my health insurance and other costs but that happens anyway.

Martlark 9:24 pm 06 Apr 11

This scheme has been tried in many areas of the USA, with zero effect. It’ll just raise the cost of food and operating restaurants. see:

wildturkeycanoe 6:53 pm 06 Apr 11

It’s hard enough to find out what the meal costs with their menu boards now, let alone having to know the kJ value, the amount of sodium,potassium, magnesium, vitamins C,D,B1 and B2, the fact it’s “Australian Beef”, “real chicken”, fresh from the farm, cooked only in canola, baked not fried, tick approved for the heart, yada yada yada………..
I just want to know that I can afford to get a Pepsi-max, burger and fries with some change from a twenty and I don’t have to go put money in the meter while I wait for it.
Next the Greens will want mums to provide their kids with nutritional information fact sheets with their packed lunch so the school knows that the kids are being looked after. Then, I’ll be eating my smoko and find the devon has been imprinted with it’s salt and fat content using edible grade ink. Oh, wait, by then they will already have banned meat products from devon, it’ll be a pressed, soya-based substitute.
Go away Greenies, let me decide what’s good or bad for me.

Tooks 4:33 pm 06 Apr 11

If you’re eating that crap more than once a week, you probably beyond caring about the energy content.

housebound 4:24 pm 06 Apr 11

The Greens seem to be doing a lot of pushing today. What do you know that we don’t, JB?

D2 4:10 pm 06 Apr 11

It may not do a vast amount of good, but I can’t see any down side.

Scratch2k 3:55 pm 06 Apr 11

…some fast food outlets changed the ingredients of their food products to reduce the energy content…

I think some people are missing the point.

Ignorance by the general fast food eating masses aside, the intended benefit is that once the actual values being shown is mandated the restaurants in question may redesign their menu to reduce the massive numbers they are forced to display. If that simply means using leaner meat or less sugar then how can that be a bad thing, generally speaking?

georgesgenitals 3:41 pm 06 Apr 11

So we want to recommend a daily kilojoule intake despite the fact that our BMR/RMR varies from person to person by gender, age, height, build and exercise level.

Besides, people buying fast food know it mostly isn’t healthy. And those who don’t understand this wouldn’t have the mental ability to work out what the kilojoule values mean anyway.

trino212 3:39 pm 06 Apr 11

How is this going to help exactly?

If people are buying fast food from these larger companies so regularly that it is posing a serious risk to their health, wouldn’t they have already read and ignored the nutrition information that is on the packaging?

beejay76 3:39 pm 06 Apr 11

I think it’s about time. I think many people would be shocked to learn how much energy is in that crap. I know so many people who say things like “I went for an hour walk, so I can have a piece of cake with my coffee”. Are you kidding? If people knew how easy it is to intake energy, and how hard to expend it, they might be a little more thoughtful about what goes in. Bring it on!

Davo111 3:30 pm 06 Apr 11

nobody cares. I don’t eat a double quarter-pounder to lose weight

JessP 3:23 pm 06 Apr 11

So when I am waiting in line for my supper triple whopperMac with extra cheese I can know how bad it is for me? Do they think people care that much.

I know they should but really?

dvaey 3:18 pm 06 Apr 11

Interesting that the same government that removed the panel on cigarette packets telling consumers the quantities of the key ingredients, is insisting that food packets must have a panel on them telling consumers quantities of the key ingredients.

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