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Front of Pack Labeling for Food in Australia - Just Add Education

Opinion

Front of Pack Labelling (FOPL) has been getting more media attention lately; the Federal government is likely to announce its stance on the matter prior to the Federal and State Food Ministers’ meeting in response to a commissioned report. The push for front of pack labeling is driven by the aim to help consumers make an informed decision about a food item based on the amount of sugar, fat or salt it contains.

Many consumers and some consumer bodies want use of the traffic light system - Red, Amber, Green - and others including food industry bodies want use of the percentage of (%) daily intake. Regardless of the ultimate label, the Healthy Kids Association believes the system must be accompanied by education. Many people no longer understand what is necessary for a healthy diet - the 'how much' and the 'what' to eat every day.  Some form of FOPL has the potential to help consumers choose healthy options and to push the food industry to reformulate products in line with national Dietary Guidelines.

The Healthy Kids Association recognises that FOPL has the potential to help consumers choose healthy options in the marketplace and can go some way to counter junk food marketing advertisements.  We also recognise that the Front of Pack Labeling provides an avenue to work with the food industry to reformulate products.

We recommend additional consumer testing to ensure the FOPL system helps consumers consistently make better food and drink choices.  We support ongoing extensive evaluation to analyse the usage of the Front of Pack Labeling, areas for improvement and ways to educate consumers about the label.  Evaluation should also examine the cost effectiveness of a FOPL system as a public health preventative measure.  

Food education is essential to help people make good dietary choices. And educating people about how to use food (cook) is equally important. The Healthy Kids Association wants to ensure that everyone has access to good information about food and nutrition – and encourages parents to start early in their children’s lives to have them understand food. We would like to see the amount of money spent by the food industry promoting foods to be matched in education programs for the community. Education combined with accurate labeling can improve the health of Australians.

image freedigitalphotos.net Stuart Miles
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