COMING FAST: Fast food chain Red Rooster will land in Grafton if a new service station development wins council approval.
COMING FAST: Fast food chain Red Rooster will land in Grafton if a new service station development wins council approval. AAP

WE SAY: Govt needs to act on packaging farce

OUR VIEW: AUSTRALIAN food packaging standards have been a mess for years.

It should be easy to find products, for example, that are truly Australian.

Where the food comes from, where it is processed, where it is packaged and what additives it has should be printed on all packaging.

Instead, we wade through a variety of labels such as Made in Australia, Product of Australia and Australian Owned. The meaning of each is vastly different.

Now it has been revealed that some food giants left to their own devices do not seem attuned to what junk food is, nor to whom junk food is marketed.

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS TODAY

A NSW Cancer Council study released this week found that 63% of food advertised on TV was unhealthy under Food Standards Australia New Zealand nutrient profiling.

A confusing web of laws and the voluntary code allows junk food such as Tiny Teddies, Smarties, Kit Kats and Coco Pops to be advertised on TV to children, but the Cancer Council campaigns against junk food advertising to children because obesity is a risk factor for cancer.

The Federal Government is reviewing food packaging laws. It should simply wipe the present system and mandate that the facts are on packaging for anyone who wants to read them, and mandate when junk food cannot be advertised.

Weasel words and spin are not good enough.