Ministers get 'Gold Star' for food labelling decision
The AMA congratulates Australia’s Food and Health Ministers on their decision today to introduce the Health Star Rating system for packaged food.
AMA Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said the decision is a major win for public health in this country.
“The Ministers have earned a ‘gold star’ for backing a labelling system that will make it easier for people to make informed choices about healthy foods,” Professor Dobb said.
“The Health Star Rating system is easily identifiable and easy to understand.
“It is similar to other easily understood ranking systems that give products a ranking that ranges from half a star to five stars – with five stars being the healthiest option.
“Products will be rated on factors including their kilojoule (energy) content and nutrient information on saturated fat, sugars and sodium.
“The star rating system is the result of two years of hard work by representatives of government, the food industry, public health groups, and consumer groups.
“It is based on strong science, proven health advice, market research – and a large dose of common sense.
“Importantly, the ranking will appear on the front of the pack.
“The star system is being introduced as a voluntary system for adoption by the food industry, with the possibility of a mandatory approach if the voluntary implementation is considered unsatisfactory after two years.
“The AMA calls on the food industry to put all its energy into supporting the Health Star Rating system for packaged food,” Professor Dobb said.
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14 June 2013
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Published: 14 Jun 2013