Star rating for foods coming to NZ Friday, 27 June 2014

TVNZ

The Government has confirmed it is introducing a new star labelling system to rank foods on how healthy they are.

New Zealand will join Australia in adopting the Health Star Rating system that can be used on all packaged foods except for alcohol and some other products.

The voluntary scheme ranks products from 1/2 a star to five stars - the more stars a product has the healthier it will be.

It's hoped that the new scheme will be in action in the next six to 12 months.

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says the programme has been in development for the past 18 months by the New Zealand Front of Pack Labelling advisory group, which is made up of food safety officials, public health representatives, consumer groups and food industry representatives.

Ms Kaye says the Government will offer financial support to assist with the ongoing operation of the scheme.

"The system has many benefits," Ms Kaye says. "Having nutritional information on the front of the pack will make it easier for busy shoppers to make a healthier choice."