The Courier-Mail

Fast food light on de­tail

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FAST food out­lets are us­ing le­gal loop­holes to cheat the public of in­for­ma­tion about the full kilo­joule count on all their food, a new study claims.

A sur­vey of more than 200 fast food out­lets around Aus­tralia has found only 3 per cent pro­vide kilo­joule in­for­ma­tion for their en­tire prod­uct range, de­spite manda­tory la­belling laws in some states.

The rules were de­signed to fight obe­sity and as­sist peo­ple to make health­ier food choices.

Re­searchers sur­veyed 210 McDon­alds, KFC, Hun­gry Jacks, Sub­way and Red Rooster out­lets across five states and in­ves­ti­gated the avail­abil­ity of kilo­joule counts be­fore and af­ter the NSW laws were in­tro­duced in 2012.

Aus­tralians spend a third of their food bud­gets eat­ing at cafes, restau­rants and fast food out­lets and 63 per cent of adults are over­weight or obese.

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