Canberra, New South Wales — The Australian consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry has two years to adopt the Australian government’s Health Star Rating front-of-pack labeling program or the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) will develop a mandatory program.
The program includes a star rating scale ranging from ½ to five stars for the most nutritious items; icons for energy, saturated fat, sodium and sugar; and one “positive” icon such as calcium or fiber content.
The Australian Industry (AI) Group, on behalf of the confectionery industry, reports it has worked on the initiative for two years with public health, consumer groups and government to develop the program.
“The confectionery industry wants to ensure consumers have a clear understanding about their favorite treat,” the AI Group’s Timothy Piper says. “While we support the voluntary nature of the new labeling regime, we are also concerned to ensure there will be sufficient time to make the necessary transition and ensure the timing does not impose additional costs on the industry.”