Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has said that the promotion and marketing of fast food services would be under the control of his ministry even as obesity takes wing in Malaysia.
"The urge and appetite to eat fast food remain a danger to health because fast food are known to contain high calories, fat, salt and sugar," said Liow. These revelations were made when Senator N. Rawisandran asked the minister what measures were being taken to alert people to the risk of consuming fast food.
The minister also said guidelines on marketing fast food will be framed soon. "Promotion of fast food during programmes aired on TV for children will also be controlled and such advertisement will be required to display the ingredients and nutritional values of such food," he said.
He added that the ministry would also monitor any food that was introduced to the public.