National Heart Foundation Australia and McDonald's

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In February 2007 the National Heart Foundation Australia announced that it had approved the use of its red tick by McDonald's Australia on nine of its meals.

In a media release announcing the decision, the Heart Foundation stated that the McDonald's Australia meals "stack up as nutritionally balanced main meals: less than two per cent saturated fat, virtually no trans fat, at least one serve (75g) of vegetables and provide less than a third of your daily energy needs." [1]

"If customers purchased a Tick approved Lean Beef Burger meal instead of a Big Mac, regular fries and Coke, they’ll get 70% less saturated fat, the equivalent of a third less salt and half the kilojoules," said Dr Lyn Roberts, the CEO of the Heart Foundation.(The media release was issued for the foundation by Growing Daily Communications.)

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