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Traffic-light food labels

Trevor C Beard, Caryl A Nowson and Malcolm D Riley
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (1): 19.
Published online: 1 January 2007

To the Editor: To control the modern epidemics of preventable disease, Australia’s dietary guidelines recommend moderation in four nutritional areas — fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. In spite of this, the obesity and diabetes epidemics seem unstoppable.1 This is hardly surprising — these guidelines seldom reach the public, and they recommend “moderation” without defining it.

  • Trevor C Beard1
  • Caryl A Nowson2,0
  • Malcolm D Riley3

  • 1 University of Tasmania, Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, TAS.
  • 2 School of Health Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Baker Heart Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: Trevor.Beard@utas.edu.au

Competing interests:

Malcolm Riley is the Nutrition Manager for Dairy Australia.

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