Policy - ‘Health Star Rating’ (HSR) system

Published by:
Department of Health
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Is the policy document adopted?:
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Type of policy:
Voluntary codes or measures relevant to nutrition


Legislation Details

WCRF analysis of how this voluntary measure can promote healthier diets and reduce obesity


This policy action is included in the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International NOURISHING policy repository as an example of Nutrition label standards and regulations on the use of claims and implied claims on foods: Clearly visible "interpretative" labels. In 2013, the government approved a ‘Health Star Rating’ (HSR) system as a voluntary scheme for industry adoption. The system takes into account four aspects of a food associated with increasing risk for chronic diseases; energy, saturated fat, sodium and total sugars content along with certain ‘positive’ aspects of a food such as fruit and vegetable content, and in some instances, dietary fibre and protein content. Star ratings range from ½ star (least healthy) to 5 stars (most healthy). The implementation of the HSR system will be overseen in 2014 by a Front-of-Pack Labelling Oversight and Advisory Committee.


NOURISHING is a Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets available at: http://www.wcrf.org/policy_public_affairs/nourishing_framework/


ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Information obtained from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International and from the website of the Department of Health.

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