The story so far
Trying to make healthy food choices, but bamboozled by all those numbers on a nutritional panel?
Two years ago we got together with government, industry and public health groups to develop a simpler system.
The result was health star ratings, a system that converts complex stats into simple front of pack labelling. It's similar to the energy star ratings you see on fridges and dishwashers.
The star ratings use 100g/ml as a baseline, or the whole package if it's usually eaten in one go. This cuts out confusion around inconsistent and unrealistic 'serving sizes' and daily intake guides.
At the moment the scheme's voluntary, so food companies can decide if they want to use it or not. And while they're not all on board, some big names have already signed on.
In fact, you can already see stars on some Coles and Woolworths products, Sanitarium, SPC, Uncle Tobys and on Monster Health Food Co's muesli.
But, the system only works if everyone's involved. That's why we're calling for health star ratings across the board.
We'll be keeping an eye on which companies roll out health stars. Sign up to our emails to stay updated with their progress.
Any questions on how the system works? Check out our health star rating FAQ page.