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NZ: Food companies ‘tactics’ as bad as tobacco firms’

Professor Boyd Swinburn was a guest speaker at the ‘Fags and Fat’ seminar on how to reduce New Zealand’s high rates of obesity.

He told the Dominion Post that food companies were using the same tactics as tobacco companies once did to sell their products and undermine attempts to restrict their trade. They should therefore be treated the same way.

The article expands on these tactics, which  include sponsoring nutrition and sports programmes.  It also lists his ‘top-five’ wish list –  including banning junk food marketing to children and teens.

However, Health Minister Tony Ryall says that food advertising did not need further regulation as the advertising codes already provide clear guidelines and the public can complain about breaches.

Read more: Dominion Post, 9 Dec 2009

Other media coverage of the seminar

Fags and Fat: What we can learn from tobacco control measures – seminar

Published on December 9, 2009 in New Zealand news