Govt changed food label system after industry lobbying

In Senate estimates this week, department secretary Professor Jane Halton said the dairy industry had complained about how its products fared in the new star system designed to combat obesity.

“The concern that was raised in respect of the algorithm in respect of dairy was that it didn’t give dairy the right prominence,” she said.

“The [department’s] project group considered in great detail how dairy might be recalibrated. We’ve pulled dairy out and we’ve got different categories now.”

But Professor Halton rejected “in