Dairy farmers aim for higher Health Star Rating

NSW Farmers is pushing for a minimum three star rating on all dairy products to recognise the importance of dairy in a healthy, balanced diet.

The Health Star Rating system is being discussed today at the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, which NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall is attending

NSW Farmers Dairy Committee chair Colin Thompson says it is vital for the rich nutritional offerings of dairy products to be reflected in the star rating given to them.

“Dairy products like cheese and yoghurt are a great source of calcium and protein, especially for children and young adults.

“The health benefits of dairy products are scientifically-proven. We need to be encouraging everyone to ensure they have their recommended dairy consumption.”

Mr Thompson says the current Health Star Rating system does not adequately recognise the health benefits of cheese.

“Today’s forum is a rare opportunity to discuss a review of the rating system, to ensure it recognises the health value of items within a core food group.

“There needs to be a three star minimum given to all cheeses so that consumers can be assured they are choosing a healthy, nutrient-dense product.

“The three star minimum will also help dairy farmers through increased demand for their product”.

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