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Improved Labelling ‘critical’ In Addressing Obesity Epidemic
Improved labelling is critical in addressing the obesity epidemic, says Heart Foundation spokesperson Anne-Marie Mackintosh, but it is only one part of a multi-strategy campaign.
Ms Mackintosh, the Heart Foundation’s National Standards and Regulatory Affairs Manager, will address the 10th Annual Food Regulation and Labelling Standards Conference in Sydney on 17-18 November.
She will discuss the effectiveness of food labelling and the importance of food reformulation by the industry.
Many companies have responded positively to the Heart Foundation’s 20-year old Tick program by reformulating their food products so that they are healthier, Ms Mackintosh says in an interview.
“However, we have a long way to go. We put out the challenge to all companies to consider their product lines and ways of improving their offerings.”
Ms Mackintosh says that a recent UK Government report estimated 70,000 lives could be saved each year if nutritional guidelines were followed. [The report referred to fruit and vegetable consumption, saturated fat, added sugar, and salt intake.]
Other speakers at the Annual Food Regulation and Labelling Standards Conference will include Joe Lederman, Managing Principal of the FoodLegal – Australian Lawyers and Consultants;
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