Fast food light on detail
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.