Govt challenged on food label changes

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.

But Professor Halton rejected “in the strongest possible terms” suggestions the formulae were wrong after the Senate heard a glass of water would be rated as less healthy than some junk food products.

“It is highly robust and [the system] has been tested across a large number of foods.”

Other industries wanted their products

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