BEVERAGE COUNCIL SAYS NANNY STATE APPROACH BY NSW HEALTH WON’T SOLVE THE PROBLEM

8 June 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

Beverages Council says nanny state approach by NSW Health won’t solve the problem

The Australian Beverages Council has today responded to the announcement by NSW Health that it will phase out sugary drinks in health facilities by December of this year.

“We’re disappointed that NSW Health has taken this position given the relatively small role soft drinks play in the average person’s diet,” said the Council’s CEO, Mr Geoff Parker.

“From the last Australian Health Survey, the Department would know that soft drinks contribute less than two percent of the average person’s daily kilojoule intake. It would also know that in adults alone, over one third of their kilojoules come from discretionary or treat foods, with soft drinks ranked 8th in that list of kilojoule contribution.

“It’s confusing why NSW Health has focussed on the two percent and the 8th ranked treat item, yet seemingly ignored everything else people eat and drink.

“In 2017 a smart Department like NSW Health should be leading the way, not applying Band-Aid solutions to a complex public health problem like overweight and obesity.

“The community needs to understand that beverage companies have been working with hospital management for years to ensure there is a wide range of choices, including low and no kilojoule drinks. This means that the consumer gets to make their own choice, rather than have it imposed upon them by NSW Health.”

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