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Understanding the Health Star Rating system

We’re introducing Health Star Ratings on our products in Australia and New Zealand as another tool you can use to guide your food and beverage choices.

The Health Star Rating system

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As part of our commitment to help people make informed food choices and achieve a nutritionally-balanced diet, we’re introducing Health Star Ratings on our products in Australia & New Zealand. The Health Star Rating system is one of many tools you can use to guide your food and beverage choices and compare different products. More information on how to use this tool effectively is provided below.

Your questions answered

What is a health star rating?

  • The Health Star Rating System is a new front-of-pack labelling system designed to help educate people about the nutritional value of food and beverage products and help them make healthier choices when shopping. Foods are given a rating from ½ a star to five stars. Products with more stars represent a healthier choice.

How are the stars calculated?

  • The number of stars is determined by a product’s nutritional value per 100g – it factors in things like energy, saturated fat, sodium and sugar as well as positive contributions such as fruit, vegetables, protein and fibre. You can learn more about how stars are calculated via the online Health Star Calculator - link to this in the related links section.

Which Unilver products will carry the health star rating?

  • We will be introducing Health Star Ratings across our food and beverage portfolio, starting with our new Continental Gourmet Pasta and Sauce Range. We will gradually introduce the new system in line with existing pack changes and new product launches.

Why is Unilever introducing the health star rating system?

  • As part our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan we are committed to providing transparent and meaningful nutrition information on our products and promoting healthier choices. The Health Star Rating is one of many tools we use on-pack to help you choose products that meet your dietary needs. You can read more about our commitment to Nutrition and Health http://www.unilever.com.au/sustainable-living-2015/sustainable-living-news/

Will HSR replace the other front of pack labelling tools?

  • The Health Star Rating System will complement other well established systems, such as the Daily Intake Guide, which already appears across the majority of our food and refreshment portfolio.

Why is not being introduced all at once?

  • The Health Star Rating System is a voluntary guide that we are introducing across our food and beverage portfolio to assist people to make informed choices about their purchases. Gradually implementing the new system across our portfolio will give us the opportunity to understand how the Health Star Rating system is received and ensure it is as effective as possible.

Where can I find more information on health ratings?

  • You can find more information at the Heath Star Ratings government site link to it via the link in related links.
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