What You Need to Know About Australia’s Health Star Rating on Foods

The Federal Government's Health Star Rating claims to "take some of the guess work out of shopping" and help consumers "make smarter choices" when it comes to buying food. But when Milo, a chocolate powder that's almost 50 per cent sugar, clinches 4.5 (out of 5) stars, how much can we trust the system? Alexandra Jones from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney told AM radio that the food industry is intentionally prolonging a review of the scheme's rules. "It's a well-known tactic of the food industry to ask for more evidence and consultation as a way of delaying meaningful public health policy," Ms Jones said.    Source: ABC.net Food stars ;

Related story: Try this quick quiz Health Star Ratings: Can you guess which of these foods have more stars? Source: Food star quiz

Australia Food Safety Week

This year's theme is 'Is it done yet? Use a thermometer for great food, cooked safely every time'. Information and activities can be found here: Food safety week ; See also Raw and Risky Foods Quiz

 NSW Food Authority Recalls—

Ming Lee Trading Pty Ltd Dried Black Dates: Ming Lee Trading Pty Ltd has recalled Dried Black due to the presence of a chemical contaminant.    Source: Bad dates ; See also: Food recall FAQs

FSANZ Publishes Annual Report 2016-2017

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) supports and encourages the dissemination and exchange of information. FSANZ’s purpose is to contribute to the cooperative food regulatory system by developing evidence-based standards, providing evidence-based advice, coordinating regulatory responses and providing information about food standards.    Source: Annual report

FSANZ Notifications—

Application A1142 – Addition of Prescribed Method of Analysis for Resistant Starch: The purpose of the Application is to add a method of analysis for dietary fibre and other fibre content for specifically named fibre content of food (resistant starch).    Source: Starch Application A1151–Beta-Galactosidase from Papiliotrema terrestris as a Processing Aid (Enzyme): The purpose of the Application is to amend Schedule 18 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to include ß-Galactosidase from Papiliotrema terrestris as a Processing Aid.    Source: B-galactosidase

Application A1150 – Glucosylated Steviol Glycosides: The purpose of the Application is to permit the use of glucosylated steviol glycosides as an intense sweetener in various foods.    Source: Steviols

Proposal P1034 – Chemical Migration from Packaging into Food: The purpose of this Proposal is to assess the public health and safety risk of chemicals which may migrate from packaging materials into food, and to identify and manage any risks.    Source: Plastics risk ; Editor’s note: due to “FSANZ’s risk assessment (concluding) that the human health risk posed by CMPF in Australia and New Zealand is low” it has therefore abandoned further study of this issue Summary & conclusion

 

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