Nutrition labels should be mandatory for fast food in South Africa

Martin 007

Well-Known Member
Aug 16, 2019
It's the societal cost of a business which in the end the harm has to be financed by the tax payer. These industries need to be taxed so that they pay for the harm done. The average Joe Soap is completely clueless about health. The nutritional guidelines in many countries are written by vested interest groups. I was in the supermarket on Friday and every trolley was full of junk food. Put a skull and cross bones on this food. I hate the woke mentality but most people just don't know and expect someone else to pay for their sins.


Expert Member
May 2, 2004
I would only support the idea of nutritional labels for large franchises with basically standardized menus (e.g. KFC), as they can more easily bare the extra costs centrally (and probably in many cases already have this information), provided it's just a normal list like we see on supermarket foods (not this traffic light nonsense)

But many smaller 'mom and pop' restaurants (many already struggling to make ends meet since lockdowns and weak economy and now war) can't afford to work out these things in detail and need flexibility in their menus as ingredient sources or chefs may differ from day to day; also more seriously places that serve poor communities food, it would increase food costs for the poor who are already struggling to get by, and we are already under bad inflation as it. They'd have to increase their prices more, as costs must be passed on to customers.

The proposes traffic light system is nonsense and childish.

One problem with simplistic traffic light systems (red / green) though is the officials in charge of creating these systems are often ignorant themselves about what's healthy or not, as nutrition is scientifically complex (e.g. salt is not unhealthy in most cases, and many nutrition bodies currently vilify red meat which is not unhealthy), ALSO very frequently the bodies that create these labeling systems are prone to corruption and are paid by e.g. corporate lobbies (e.g. Australian "dietary bodies" are funded by cereal manufacturers and promote cereals while falsely trash "meat" as unhealthy, likewise groups like EAT Lancet are sponsored by big lobbies with vested interests, e.g. companies like Kelloggs, to trash competing foods) ... even scientists at universities often get funding from specific industries, and produce biased nutritional science.

Then there are extra taxpayer costs to enforce all these extra regulations and regulatory bodies and systems ... South African taxpayers are already past stretched to the limit.
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