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Australia: Breakthrough on food labelling

There has been a breakthrough agreement between public health groups and the food industry in Australia on food labelling.

They support a voluntary star-rating front-of-pack nutrition labelling system. This follows government rejection of a traffic light system. The agreed system should make healthy food choices easier.

The agreement emerged from a working group established in response to Labelling Logic, the report of the Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy.

The Australian working group (unlike a similar government-appointed group in New Zealand dominated by the food industry) includes strong public health representation including Michael Moore from the Public Health Association and Jane Martin from the Obesity Policy Coalition.

Assuming the Australian group satisfactorily resolves a number of outstanding issues, FOE believes this will provide public health advocates in New Zealand with a powerful case for arguing we follow Australia’s lead.

Read more about this story and watch the replay, (ABC 28 Nov 2012)

Star system for food labelling – transcript (ABC LateLine, 27 Nov 2012)

New star system considered for food labelling (AusFood News 29 Nov 2012)

Read about the star system on our food labelling page (updated October 2013)

Published on November 29, 2012 in Australian news,Food labelling,Star rating labels