Media Statement

21 May, 2015

Calls for health warnings on soft drinks a poor solution for tackling a broader issue: Australian Beverages Council hits back

Responding to calls from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute for health warnings on soft drinks, Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker said:

“Fundamentally, it’s important to question what the introduction of health warnings on soft drinks would actually achieve. These misguided policies won’t make people healthy.

“Soft drinks are not the root cause of obesity. In Australia only 1.9 per cent of the daily intake of kilojoules for children under 18 comes from soft drinks[1] and in fact the amount of sugar consumed through soft drinks has dropped by 26 per cent over the last 15 years[2] while obesity continues to rise.

“As an industry we have been at the forefront of providing front-of-pack kilojoule labelling on all our beverage cans and bottles to ensure we are providing consumers with the necessary information they need to make informed purchasing decisions.”

Ends

For more information contact:

Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council, M: 0407 646 195

[1] Australian Health Survey – CSIRO Secondary Analysis commissioned by Australian Beverages Council

[2] Levy G.S., Shrapnel W.S. (2014) Quenching Australia’s thirst: a trend analysis of water-based beverage sales from 1997 to 2011. Nutrition & Dietetics. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12108

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