Junk food packaging — a challenge to the Prime Minister

Bebe Loff and Brad R Crammond
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03860.x
Published online: 2 August 2010

To the Editor: At the risk of appearing self-serving, we refer to our recently published article in which we recommended that there should be “greater uniformity in [food] packaging design, colour and descriptions”.1 In light of the Australian Government’s recent mandate on plain packaging for tobacco products,2 we can see no reason why this should not be extended to processed foods possessing no redeeming nutritional qualities. This would include soft drinks, potato chips, a great many of the so-called foods offered as replacements for fruit in children’s school lunches, biscuits and sweets. We challenge the Prime Minister and Minister for Health to do this, or explain why they won’t.

  • Bebe Loff
  • Brad R Crammond

  • School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.



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