Health Star Rating system shake-up proposes penalising cereals that contain added sugars
Sugary cereals like Nutri-Grain and Milo would be the biggest losers in a shake-up to the Federal Government's Health Star Rating system, proposed by the nation's largest consumer advocacy group.
When it applied the alternative algorithm to more than a dozen products, it found the Health Star Ratings of cereals like Nutri-Grain, Uncle Toby's Plus Protein and Milo dropped from four out of five stars to just one-and-a-half stars.
The Health Star Rating system gives packaged and processed foods a rating of up to five stars
The rating takes into account the "positive nutrients" and "risk nutrients" foods comprise
Currently, only 30 per cent of food products in Australia have Health Star Ratings
CHOICE wants the algorithm used to score food products changed, to penalise "added sugars" that are not naturally found in foods.