Plain Packaged Food: Coming Sooner Than You Think!

Coming Soon: Plain Packaged Food

We have consistently argued that the slippery slope started by the plain packaging of tobacco products would quickly spread to calls for food and alcohol to be presented in plain packages. Nanny statists scoffed at our claims, but it seems that plain packaging for food might becoming sooner than even we thought!

A panel of food science, nutrition and manufacturing experts will tackle whether tobacco’s plain packaging approach would help curb the state’s growing obesity epidemicat the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology convention today.

This follows February’s call from Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young to examine the option.

Institute president Anne Astin said junk food regulation was a “thorny issue of the future” that needs to be addressed urgently.

“If our health system can’t cope with the increasing incidence of lifestyle-related diseases, it’s something we will have to consider as an option. The levels of intervention need to become stronger. Ultimately, it may come to plain packaging.”

They have even adduced evidence from an apparent time-traveller: “In New Zealand, Otago University professor of marketing Janet Hoek said tobacco use had halved after the country introduced plain packaging.” New Zealand does not have plain packaging.

I hate to say “I told you so”… but, well, I TOLD YOU SO!

Plain packaging of tobacco was always just the thin end of the wedge. And unless we wake up to the ever present attacks on our liberties and individual freedoms, and take a stand for personal responsibility, this will just keep getting worse.

First they came for the smokers

and I did not speak out
because I was not a smoker.
Then they came for the motorcycle riders
and I did not speak out
because I was not a motorcycle rider.
Then they came for the fast food eaters
and I did not speak out
because I was not a fast food eater.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

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One thought on “Plain Packaged Food: Coming Sooner Than You Think!

  1. Is there anyway that these anti smoking, fast food or personal responsibility can be identified and the reason I say this is to rid these “experts” from making these decisions.
    We don’t need these people who hide in some bureaucracy or QANGO or if they cannot be “got rid” of then make them explain their reasons.

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