Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Food industry should improve information

Thursday, 2 September 2004

PHA calls on food industry to improve information on food and drink

The Public Health Association is calling on the food industry to give better label information on the fat and sugar content in food and drink if it is serious about an industry accord aimed at reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The PHA welcomes the food industry accord announced today but says efforts by companies, which are in the market to make a profit, may not go far enough to combat the obesity epidemic. PHA director Dr Gay Keating points out many so called healthy food and drink products, as well as fast foods, are very high in sugar and fat.

"If the industry is serious about an accord, they should start giving the public warnings about any product that is high fat or high free sugar, and should always give information about the free sugars and the glycaemic index of their products. That way people can make more informed choices." The PHA also supports tighter regulations around advertising of food and drink products during children's viewing hours, Dr Keating says.

"We believe there should be a quota of healthy food messages during children's television and food advertisements that don't meet nutrition guidelines should be taxed."

The association is calling for a joint Education and Health Ministries school food and nutrition policy covering the health education curriculum, school technology syllabus, school selling of food and drink, and fundraising or sponsorship by schools. Other suggestions include fruit and vegetable vouchers for low income people and free high nutrient breakfasts in schools, Dr Keating says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election