From 2012 all fast food companies will be required to have basic nutritional information on their menus which is big step forward in fighting the obesity problem facing many Australians.
Since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a review of food labeling laws for fast food, we have since a more cohesive strategy being put forward.
This was one of the recommendations from the National Preventative Health taskforce.
While food labeling nutritional panels can be quite confusing, the new fast food labeling laws will simplify the process by only requiring the calorie/kilo joule information, saturated fat, trans-fat and salt (sodium) content of the product.
Currently some fast food companies have this information on there websites but go into a fast food outlet and ask for this nutritional information and you get a blank look.
Food standards Australia currently has a great information sheet on what Food Labeling actual means.
Unlike some of the larger fast food players that currently have some nutritional information available on there website only, the new laws will require that the nutritional information is displayed on the menu board or at the cash register.
This will be welcomed by those looking to limit their energy intake with Australian and New Zealand Food Standards recommending a daily intake of 8700kJ, a figure that needs to be adjusted based on age, weight and pregnancy.
It’s interesting though that we can change the Prime Minister in a day but these changes want take place for another 2 years:))
I think consumers may be shocked at the perceived “healthy food choices” may not be so healthy such as salads full of rich, fatty dressings.