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AMA urges food industry to stop undermining health star rating system

03 March, 2014

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton recently called on the Australian food industry to stop undermining the implementation of the new five-star rating system for food nutrition.

Dr Hambleton said the AMA was very concerned that the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) had been lobbying against the system on the day that the Assistant Minister for Health's office ordered the new system's website to be shut down.

"Even though they worked closely with the public health sector on the development of the new system, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has lobbied against the consumer-friendly food labels since they were agreed by the Federal and State governments last year," Dr Hambleton said.

"The system's website was to be a major part of the public education campaign to make people aware of the new system and how it works.

"It is important that consumers are fully across the system before the new labels appear on supermarket shelves.

"The health star rating system for food and beverages is a major public health initiative that will place Australia as a world leader in helping to reduce alarming rates of overweight and obesity in Australia.

"It is time that the food industry and its peak Council did the right thing and put their full support behind a bold initiative that will help people make healthier food choices and take some pressure of the health Budget," Dr Hambleton said.

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Integrity | Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:59 PM
At Last somebody with the guts to stand up for for something that is right regardless of the Dollar I hope the AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton is supported by the public and remains strong to have this initiative introduced. If the AFGC were doing the right thing by the public then we would not need to be introducing anything to help us understand good foods against bad. The health benifits are huge and far reachiung. We the public have purchased on trust in the past but the food manufactureres with their twisted advertising and the AFGC have proved we cannot trust them to produce/supply what is good for us. No matter how hard this is to swallow food production and supply at the end of the day is based entirely on profits not you! Go for it AMA with all you've got.