Advocacy group, The Parents’ Jury, welcomes the news that state and federal ministers have supported the healthy food star rating system and voted to re-establish the website that facilitates the new Health Star Rating on packaged food. The system will provide an overall indication of a food’s nutritional quality and will be placed on the front of packaged food.
Alice Pryor, Campaigns Manager for The Parents’ Jury calls for the food industry to implement the system as soon as possible.
“The Health Star Rating system will enable parents to make healthier choices. Its ‘at a glance’ guide gives parents the tools to quickly and clearly assess the nutritional content of packaged foods. Currently, there is too much confusion around the nutritional information presented on packaged food and parents find it difficult to determine which foods are healthiest.
“As almost one in four Australian children is overweight or obese, a system that helps families make better informed choices will clearly be beneficial. The star system is also more easily understood by children and will aid parents in educating their kids to make healthier food choices for themselves.”
The Parents’ Jury is an online network of parents, grandparents and carers, who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children. Formed in 2004, The Parents’ Jury has thousands of members registered nationally and provides a forum for members to voice their views and collectively advocate for change.
Media contact: Alice Pryor 0416 219 261