Why the Health Star Rating is failing

Most packaged foods contain added sugar but manufacturers are under no obligation to declare this on labelling, according to food policy experts.

Under the current system, only total sugar needs to be reported on food labels and used in the new Health Star Rating calculation.

This is a problem, according to food policy experts, because there is a difference between the 'good sugars', naturally present in dairy, fruits and vegetables, and sugars added during manufacturing.

There is a clear need to differentiate between the two, says Professor Bruce Neal from