Food labels are a population-wide measure for assisting consumers to make healthier food choices, which in turn can assist people to achieve a healthy weight and reduce their cancer risk. Front-of-pack labelling can support consumers to select healthier food products and encourage industry to produce healthier foods.
Cancer Council supports the use of a consistent and interpretive front-of-pack food labelling system in the Australian grocery market to encourage shoppers to make healthier choices. This should be part of a broader obesity prevention strategy and be supported by a social marketing campaign that enables and encourages Australians to use food labels to make healthier choices. Cancer Council supports the Health Star Rating System but is calling for widespread uptake for it to be effective and useful to consumers. We support the government indication that a mandatory approach be considered if industry uptake of the scheme is not widespread within two years.
View the Food Labelling Position Statement