More Healthy Initiatives in Fast Foods
Last week Hungry Jacks became the first restaurant chain to introduce menu boards with kilojoule counts across Australia. They claim their menu boards now contain kilojoule details for every one of their products including burgers, breakfast items, snacks and salads. They claim that the details are prominent and permanently on display in 345 restaurants. This beats the mandatory requirement in NSW that they do this by February next year – something you will recall that I’ve campaigned on for three years.
Even more important is food composition. Hungry Jacks claims that the sugar in their buns has been reduced by 60 per cent and sodium by 3.7 per cent; the sodium in their chicken nuggets have been slashed by a third; the saturated fat in their chicken range cut by 15 per cent; and the move to a canola-based oil blend has seen the saturated fat levels in fries reduced by a massive 76 per cent.
Their new Country Burgers, they claim, are the first mainstream burgers made with certified 100 per cent organic beef. They derive it from 20 certified organic cattle producers from Australia’s Channel Country region. I presume this means the beef is grass-fed, not grain-fed, but will seek clarification.