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’.