A good piece covering the debate over food labelling, initiated by the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA) recommendation to combat obesity by adopting a similar approach to that used for tobacco products. The label mock-ups make the point. Another variant of the issues raised in Bloomberg’s ‘big gulp’ ban in NYC, and expect further such polarized debates in the future. Quote:
“The recommendations … may appear radical to some, but the urgency of our situation demands aggressive action,” the OMA said in a background article. “The lessons learned from the strategies of the tobacco-control movement should be applied to the fight against obesity.”
But one food industry representative called the warning labels “over the top” and unlikely to be as effective as a campaign promoting a more balanced, healthy diet.
“I think it’s shocking that medical doctors would be comparing food to tobacco,” said Derek Nighbor, a vice president at Food and Consumer Products Canada. “They’re demonizing individual products and certain categories, and they’re ignoring the overall balanced diet message, which I think is seriously irresponsible.”
I would probably rather go with the more informative labelling approach advocated by Mark Bittman (My Dream Food Label), also of course opposed by the food industry.