Fears junk food regulation chilled by free trade agreements

May 31, 2021 Stuff 0 Comments

Efforts to combat child obesity have fallen behind the pack as international free-trade agreements threaten to put a “chill” on junk food regulations, experts say.

The Government would face legal challenges from food and beverage companies if it sought to regulate the packaging and marketing of unhealthy foods, despite New Zealand children being among the most obese in the world, global obesity expert Boyd Swinburn​ said.

“We have had a Labour Government for four years and the word ‘obesity’ has not crossed their lips, let alone gone into policy. If the Government wanted to enact anything around marketing restrictions they are going to get a lot of sabre-waving,” he said. Read More.

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