A senior partner from international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has told Fairfax Media that graphic warning labels, similar to tobacco packaging, could be in the works for Alcohol, soft drinks and junk food in Australia.
The HSF representative, who is representing British American Tobacco as they take on the World Trade Organisation over plain packaging laws, told Fairfax Media that tobacco is only the start. Regulators, according to HSF representative, could introduce graphic warning labels on the packaging of other ‘unhealthy’ products:
“I think there have been rumbling among the public health community about what’s next: is it just tobacco? What about sugary foods? Fatty foods? What about alcohol?
“Often tobacco, whether it’s litigation or regulation, is the canary in the coal mine and I think public health authorities rightly want to encourage healthier lifestyles and there are a variety of ways they can do that, and, of course, there are limits – be they free speech limits or property rights – on what they can do.”