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More Healthy Initiatives in Fast Foods

November 7, 2011

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.

2 Comments
  1. Jed permalink
    November 7, 2011 11:44 am

    its still shite

  2. Peter M permalink
    November 7, 2011 2:21 pm

    It’s good to read that they are heading in that direction. Actual sodium values would be good as well as precise information on trans-fat content.

    I’ve been recently impressed with the way Dominos labels pizza packaging with clear content information. They also make a lot of nutritional information easily available on their web site. Having family members with allergies and one strict vegetarian (non animal microbial rennet), makes this very useful. I wish more companies did this.

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