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
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."