Tick for Australian food10th August 2006
The National Heart Foundation's tick, a label given to supermarket foods that meet healthy nutrition guidelines, will start appearing at take-away outlets, restaurants and hotels in Australia.
Research has shown that of about six million Australians who eat fast food each day, 70 per cent are looking for a healthier alternative. A Heart Foundation spokeswoman said the many Australians eating foods such as hamburgers, sandwiches, chips and pizza, wanted to know what they were really eating.
The Heart Foundation charges a licensing fee for the tick, and has come under scrutiny amid claims companies were unfairly "buying" the endorsement. A meal would only be awarded a tick once an independent auditor determined that it met nutritional requirements, and the outlet had passed health and safety standards. It would also be compulsory for outlets to provide nutrition information panels.
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