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Australia: SA govt calls for junk food ad ban

The South Australian government says it will ban junk food advertisements during children’s television programmes unless industry agrees to a voluntary ban.

Health Minister John Hill said the state government wants junk food and drink producers to agree to an Australian-wide voluntary withdrawal of advertisements during peak viewing times for children.

Read more: The Age, 7 Feb 2008

SA call to ban junk food ads to kide

The State Government has called for junk food and drink advertisers to agree to an
Australia-wide voluntary withdrawal of their advertisements in children’s television
viewing times – or South Australia will take its own action.
Health Minister John Hill has issued the ultimatum, calling for both junk food advertisers and TV stations to stop the targeting of children with the advertisements during their peak TV viewing times.

“I want junk food and drink advertising in children’s television to be dropped – and if they fail to do this the State Government is prepared to go it alone and introduce our own ban on these ads if all else fails.”

Read more: Media release, Premier and Cabinet of South Australia, 8 Feb 2008 (PDF)

Published on February 10, 2008 in Australian news