Statement on Senate Select Committee into Obesity in Australia

The Australian Beverages Council has been made aware of a Senate Select Committee into Obesity, which will be established on 16 May 2018 and report in August 2018.

The Select Committee was tabled by Senator Richard di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens.

The inquiry will look at the prevalence and causes of obesity in Australia with a particular focus on childhood obesity.

The Australian Beverages Council welcomes any opportunity to provide detailed analysis and evaluation of the complex problem of obesity in Australia.

Tackling intricate public health problems requires multifaceted and comprehensive cooperation between governments, public health advocates, NGOs and the food and beverage industry.

While obesity is a major problem in Australia, greater physical activity and nutritional programs that help individuals lead healthy and fulfilling lives are two major parts of any effective public policy on reducing obesity.

The non-alcoholic beverages industry takes responsible advertising seriously, and strict advertising codes have effectively prevented all non-core food advertising from being directed to children.

The Australian Beverages Council is committed to working with governments to collectively tackle obesity by encouraging healthy consumption of food and drink and making positive changes to product ranges.

The Australian Beverages Council looks forward to providing a submission to the Senate Select Committee as part of a constructive and open discussion on tackling this important public health issue.

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Australian Beverages Council

The Australian Beverages Council is the peak body representing the collective interests of the non-alcoholic beverages industry. We strive to advance the industry as a whole, as well as successfully represent the range of beverages produced by our members. These include carbonated regular and diet soft drinks, energy drinks, sports and isotonic drinks, bottled and packaged waters, fruit juice and fruit drinks, cordials, iced teas, and ready-to-drink coffees.

The unified voice of the Australian Beverages Council offers our members a presence beyond individual representation in order to promote fairness in the standards, regulations, and policies concerning non-alcoholic beverages.

The Australian Beverages Council introduced a dedicated juice division, Fruit Juice Australia (FJA), in 2009 and a dedicated water division, the Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI), in 2011. Through these, our organisation, and its relevance and impact continue to grow.

For further information:

Shae Courtney

Public Affairs Manager

Australian Beverages Council

T: 02 8313 7760

M: 0420 736 136

E: shae@ausbev.org

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