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Australia’s Health Star Rating policy process: Lessons for global policy making in front-of-pack nutrition labelling

15 / 03 / 18

Strong government leadership and engagement by food industry and public health and consumer advocates created the HSR system in Australia.

This qualitative Australian research from LaTrobe University gathered insights from stakeholders about the development of the HSR. They conducted semi structured interviews with public health or consumer advocates, nutrition labelling and policy academics, a food industry employee and public servants. Interviews were analysed thematically, and three major themes were identified: senior bureaucrats played the policy entrepreneur role to develop the HSR; public health and consumer advocacy groups formed an alliance to counter-balance the influence of the food industry, and Codex Alimentarius (The WHO/FAO ‘Food Code’ promoting fair practices) processes are constrained by political alliances and consensus voting structure.

Kumar M, Gleeson D, Barraclough S. Australia’s Health Star Rating policy process: Lessons for global policy making in front-of-pack nutrition labelling. Nutrition & Dietetics Nov 2017