The Food & Grocery Council is a strong advocate for and a key player in the Health Star Rating system - the front of pack labelling system designed to help shoppers make quicker and easier healthier food choices by comparing products in the same category.
HSR uses a star rating scale of half a star to 5 stars by rating the overall nutrition content and healthiness of packaged foods.
As at 31 December 2020, more than 5500 products in supermarkets had Health Stars on their labels. Some 2984 of those were from FGC-member companies, while the remainder were the home brands of both Foodstuffs and Countdown (many of which are produced by FGC members), and non-FGC members.
FGC was part of a group – including food safety officials, public health representatives, and consumer groups – that developed and tested the voluntary trans-Tasman system before it was introduced in 2014. We continue to monitor industry uptake of member companies and reports on uptake each quarter to the Food Safety division of the Ministry for Primary Industries, which monitors the New Zealand scheme.
FGC was also part of the five-year review of the system, making a submission to the Health Star Rating Advisory Committee, Canberra, Australia. The submission said that in general the scoring system works well, uptake remains strong and positive, awareness continues to increase, and utility appears to also be increasing.
- For more on the Health Star Rating scheme, go to the Healthier NZers section of this website.
- The full submission to the five-year review is in the Submissions section