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INDUSTRY MEETINGS – HEALTH STAR RATING 5 YEAR REVIEW
The AFGC will be hosting two industry meetings in relation to the Commonwealth Government’s five year review of the Health Star Rating (HSR) system. The meetings will be held on 7 December (Sydney) and 13 December (Melbourne) 2017.
When the voluntary Health Star Rating (HSR) front-of-pack labelling system was introduced by Australian governments in July 2014, Ministers signalled that a five year review would be conducted and presented to the Forum for Food Regulation in 2019. The Commonwealth Department of Health engaged mpconsulting in mid-2017 to undertake the review of the HSR system.
The review will include multiple rounds of written submissions, stakeholder workshops, targeted consultations and a technical review of certain aspects of the HSR algorithm. The first round of written submissions concluded in August 2017 and a summary of submissions received and issues raised can be accessed on the HSR website. Stakeholder workshops and targeted consultations are set to run between February and April 2018 in most Australian capital cities and in New Zealand.
To ensure that the AFGC Secretariat, its members and the broader food industry are prepared for input into the stakeholder workshops to be held in early 2018, the AFGC is hosting two industry meetings.
The meetings will cover a variety of issues already mooted relating to the HSR algorithm, the presentation of the HSR graphic and the governance of the system. The AFGC Secretariat encourages technical, regulatory, corporate affairs and marketing staff to attend. Spaces are limited at both meetings to 50 people, so interested parties are encourage to register promptly.
If members have any queries or concerns in relation to the review or health star ratings generally, they should contact Dr Geoffrey Annison.