The National Heart Foundation of Australia is pleased to announce that the Federal Government has extended its contract to monitor the implementation of the Health Star Rating system with the Foundation for another two years.
The Health Star Rating system is a voluntary front-of-pack labelling scheme developed by the Australian, state and territory governments in collaboration with industry, public health and consumer groups. It provides consumers with a simple way to make an informed choice about their food purchases. The first products with the system were seen in Australian supermarkets in 2014.
National Heart Foundation CEO Adjunct Professor John Kelly says the contract extension reflects the expertise of the Foundation, and the confidence that Government has in us to continue independently monitoring the system.
In 2014, the Heart Foundation collaborated with the CSIRO to develop a comprehensive food composition database called FoodTrackTM.
FoodTrackTM contains nutrient and product data for the majority of Australian retail food and beverage products, nationally (across Coles, Woolworths, ALDI and IGA stores), and is updated on an annual basis.
“FoodTrackTM was instrumental in the Foundation’s successful tender award for this Project, in 2014, and will continue to be used in the new two years of monitoring as well”. Said Adjunct Professor John Kelly
The Heart Foundation will continue to work together with CSIRO to provide these services to the Government, and have recently submitted a Year 2 Report on the monitoring of the implementation of the Health Star Rating system, which is now available on the Government’s Health Star Rating website. The Report outlines the results from the first two years of monitoring the implementation of the Health Star Rating system. Click here to view the report.
The Heart Foundation will be showcasing some of the findings from the Year 2 Report at the upcoming Dietitians Association of Australia Conference in Hobart from 18-20th May 2017.