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Australia: Call for a ban on TV junk food ads before 9:00pm

Ban junk food ads. Health chiefs join forces

Many national health organisations want a total ban on the advertising of processed food and drinks on television before 9pm.

Their umbrella group, Coalition on Food Advertising to Children argues the case: “The restrictions under the Children’s Television Standard are too broad and applicable only during the viewing hours immediately after school hours, between 3 and 4.30pm. Yet recent research has shown that children’s peak viewing times are between 6 and 9pm.”

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 2007

Australia: Health groups call for a ban on commercial promotion of food and beverages to children under 14

On its website, the Coalition on Food Advertising to Children calls for a marked reduction in the commercial promotion of foods and beverages to children under 14 years old.

The Coalition says the first step is to “extend the statutory regulations to prohibit all television food and beverage advertising during programs where children make up a significant proportion of the viewing audience.”

However, it adds that “this does not preclude the promotion of healthy eating messages to children through non-commercial social marketing.”

Read more: CFAC website


Junk food ad ban not on: Abbott

Federal health minister Tony Abbott says banning junk food advertising is not the answer to obesity.

Read more: The Australian, 16 May 2007

Published on May 15, 2007 in Australian news