Will Cap’n Crunch walk the plank?

The subject is being discussed in Australia:

More than half of supermarket products marketed at kids are unhealthy, according to a new survey by the Obesity Policy Coalition. The finding has led to calls for cartoon characters to be removed from “junk food” packaging.

The OPC surveyed 186 packaged foods with cartoons or character promotions designed to attract children. It found 52 per cent were classified as unhealthy by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion calculator.

Grocers and food processors put up a counterargument, probably to no avail:

The Australian Food and Grocery Council says parents also have control over what they feed their children.

“Parents are best placed to make the right food choices for their kids, and they have a role in using their purchasing discretion to determine what foods they purchase,” a council spokesperson said.

Canberra, we may safely assume, has the same disdain for leaving parents in control that Washington does.


  1. fillyjonk »

    29 June 2017 · 6:29 pm

    Already here I’ve noticed a subtle change in the sugar-cereal ads: no longer are they “a good part of a balanced breakfast,” they’re something you apparently have to “earn” after burning off enough calories playing soccer or doing rock climbing.

    I dunno. We got Lucky Charms maybe once a year when I was a kid, the rest of the time it was oatmeal or cornflakes or Cheerios.

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    29 June 2017 · 7:22 pm

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  3. McG »

    29 June 2017 · 8:02 pm

    “You’ll eat the shavings out of the pencil sharpener and like it!”

    “No! I’ll hate it! I’ll cry!”

    “Even better.”

  4. fillyjonk »

    29 June 2017 · 8:27 pm

    “Now, don’t let those tears get in your shavings! Tears have SALT in them, you know!”

  5. McG »

    29 June 2017 · 9:12 pm

    “…and you might like how they taste, and we can’t have that!”

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