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Advertising to kids – The Mother of all stuff ups

The Dirty Tricks Food & Drink Companies Use to Target Your Kids An angry father has called out Monster energy drinks for their appalling actions in handing out energy drinks to children. He is right in calling for regulation, this is yet another example that the food industry self-regulation over advertising to children is failing. […]

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The Food Industry’s Three Essential Soundbites

When their backs are against the wall, the Food Industry usually pull out one of three soundbites. Each of these soundbites appear sensible on their own, but when you take them as a package, it becomes clear that they are just stonewalling. The response to our piece last week on the New World Little Shop […]

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Which political party will help you live longer?

We wrote the book Health Cheque back in 2009, and it is surprising how little has changed in five years. In that book, we found that our health system performs pretty well on a tight budget, at least compared with other systems overseas. And yet, like many other countries we face huge challenges in coming years, […]

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Lollies disguised as muesli bars?

It started with Roll Ups promoting themselves as a way to give kids their daily servings of fruit. This plasticky fruit leather was no doubt a dentist’s nightmare. But things appear to have got worse. In the muesli bar section of my local supermarket I found these nice & natural fruit Crocs aimed as easy […]

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