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Australian Food and Grocery Council accused of backing away from agreed scheme over food labelling

When New Zealand’s food safety minister and Australian state and territory food ministers meet in Melbourne next Friday they are expected to discuss front-of-pack labelling.

Australia’s five-star system is supposed to be phased in over two years but adjustments are still being made to the algorithm designed to assess products.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) says it remains committed to the health stars front-of-pack labelling scheme, despite allegations it is trying to back away from a system agreed to earlier this year.

Jane Martin of the Obesity Policy Coalition told the ABC:

“I think the processed-foods industry is concerned that it will, in fact, drive people to healthier choices”.

Read more ABC news, 8 Dec 2013