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Health Star Rating labels – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 16th, 2016.

The Government has this week launched the public awareness campaign for the new Health Star Rating front-of-pack labelling, aiming to help consumers make healthier choices. The labels have been quietly appearing on a range of packaged food products over the last year; around 1,000 products with Health Star Ratings are now on supermarket shelves. The […]

‘Fishy’ labels for fish oil supplements

Laura Goodall posted in on January 22nd, 2015.

Most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. Analysing 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids […]

UPDATED: Fish oil capsules fall short on quality, freshness – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on January 22nd, 2015.

Most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. Analysing 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids […]

Health Star Rating food labelling – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on June 30th, 2014.

A new voluntary food labelling system aims to give Australian and New Zealand consumers greater insight in the nutritional value of their food at a glance. Will it lead to healthier choices?   Minister for Food Safety Nikki Kaye announced that the government will be adopting a new Health Star Rating food labelling system, at […]

Easy-to-understand nutrition info gets green light from researchers

John Kerr posted in on February 1st, 2012.

As New Zealand policy-makers examine ways to help consumers make healthy food choices, a new Otago study has shown that keeping it simple works best.   Researchers at Otago University have shown that a front-of-pack ‘Traffic Light system’ (see image) using a red-yellow-green colour code  for high, medium and low salt content helps consumers make […]

‘Cut fat and salt now to save lives’ – UK watchdog

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 24th, 2010.

A hard-hitting report from the UK health watchdog group National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) calls on government and the food industry to cut salt and fat from processed foods — a move it says would save tens of thousands of lives a year. The report recommends a public health approach to combat […]

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