More Australians are choosing healthy packaged food thanks to the Health Star Rating (HSR) system, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today.
The latest phase of the Coalition Government’s HSR campaign aims to continue raising awareness of the HSR system and the role it can play helping people to enjoy a balanced diet and live a healthy lifestyle.
Under the simple system, the more stars displayed on the pack, the healthier the choice.
“It is about making it easier for people to make healthier choices by comparing similar packaged products on the shelf,” Senator Scullion said.
The HSR scores the nutritional profile of packaged food and assigns it a rating from half a star to five stars. Stars are calculated by assessing the amount of energy, saturated fat, sugars, sodium, fruit, vegetable, and nut and legume content, as well as dietary fibre and protein.
The system is a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments in partnership with industry, public health and consumer organisations.
“Since the system was launched in June 2014, approximately 115 companies have chosen to use the system with more than 5500 products displaying the HSR,” Senator Scullion said.
The campaign will include in-store material in Coles and Woolworths supermarkets nationally, including in the NT, from 5 February.
For more information on the HSR system, visit: www.healthstarrating.com.au