Vegan Australia has sent the following letter to Coles supermarket regarding an advertisement that falsely claims "you need around 3 serves of dairy per day". Please send a similar message to Coles here: coles.com.au/customer-service/contact-us (using the feedback form at the end).
The advertisement states that "you need around 3 serves of dairy per day". This claim is false and likely to mislead consumers.
The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend adults consume two and a half serves from the "milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives" food group. The guidelines explicitly state that the group is not called "dairy foods" and does not include butter, cream or ice-cream. It also recommends that foods obtained from animals be modified to reduce the unhealthily high fat content. The guidelines list alternatives to animal products including calcium-enriched plant milks such as soy, rice and oat milks.
Based on this evidence from Australia's top health authority, the National Health and Medical Research Council, the statement "you need around 3 serves of dairy per day" is clearly false and should be removed from your social media pages immediately.
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