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What is health star rating?

Example of Health Star Rating
Example of Health Star Rating- Image Source: Bakery and Snacks

The Health Star Rating is a front-of-pack labelling system that rates the overall nutritional profile of packaged food and assigns it a rating from ½ a star to 5 stars. It provides a quick, easy, standard way to compare similar packaged foods. The more stars, the healthier the choice.

  • Most products carry a Nutrition Information Panel which provides important information about the contents of the food.
  • But as shoppers we are busy, so the Health Star Rating provides an easy way to compare similar packaged food and helps you make healthier choices.
  • The Health Star Rating system was developed by the Australian, state and territory governments in collaboration with industry, public health and consumer groups.
  • The number of stars is determined using a calculator designed to assess positive and risk nutrients in food.
  • Food manufacturers and retailers are responsible for the correct and accurate use of the Health Star Rating system.
  • This includes correctly calculating the Health Star Rating, accurately displaying nutrient information, ensuring consistency of information between the Health Star Rating and the Nutrition Information Panel, and complying with all relevant legislation and regulations.