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Statement from Kellogg’s, Rafferty’s Garden, Nestle & Minister Colbeck

Statement from Kellogg’s, Rafferty’s Garden, Nestle & Minister Colbeck

Statement from Kellogg’s

No decision has been made regarding changes to the HSR system as yet.

From the research we’ve seen, the HSR system is working as it was designed to, to help consumers make healthier choices within the same food category.

 

Statement from Rafferty’s Garden

At Rafferty’s Garden, we’re all about baby food. Delicious, healthy, nutritious, natural food that’s perfect for growing little foodies. We have baby food for every stage of baby development, from 4 month old babies to 12 month + toddlers. Our range includes baby cereals, smooth fruit with nothing else added, baby yoghurts, lumpy baby food and toddler snacks.

We understand there are community concerns about the nutritional aspects of products made for children, including the impact on childhood obesity and proper nutrition. This is why we believe a balanced view of nutrition needs to be considered.

Our Rafferty’s Garden Snack Bars are designed as an occasional toddler snacking option and are made with real fruit puree, complex carbohydrates and fibre from wheat and oats.  Approximately half of the sugar content in each bar is derived from naturally occurring sugars in the fruit and milk. The rest is added to ensure product texture and provide shelf stability. We have also reduced the total sugar content by 9% since 2017.

From a nutritional perspective, a reasonably comparative toddler snack is sultanas. One of our snack bars has approximately half the sugar of a tablespoon of sultanas, a food that most parents would not consider restricting in their toddler’s diet.

Rafferty’s Garden Snack Bars have a place as a snacking product within the healthy balanced diet of most toddlers.

Statement from Nestle

There are changes proposed to the algorithm for the HSR which have been the subject of consultation for quite some time, and that the HSR Review was due to go to the Ministers’ Forum later this week.

Dietitians generally agree that foods should be assessed as a whole, rather than looking at one nutrient in isolation. For this reason, we’ve made a series of progressive changes to Milo Cereal since 2007 which have focused on making the overall cereal healthier, while keeping the taste people like.

These changes have:

  • Doubled whole grain and fibre
  • Halved saturated fat
  • Reduced sugar by 12%
  • Lowered sodium
  • Added Vitamin D

This means that Milo Cereal is now significantly improved compared to both nutritional guidelines, and competitor products.

People choose chocolate-flavoured cereals for taste, and there comes a point where you can’t reduce sugar without significantly affecting the flavour – however it may still be possible to make other changes that improve its overall nutrition.

Statement from Minister Colbeck

The Health Star Rating System is a useful tool for many Australian families when they’re making food choices.

The System is in its fifth year of voluntary implementation and is undergoing a formal five year review where a number of different aspects will be considered.

The publicly available Draft Review noted a number of potential changes to the System, including for the algorithm itself.

The final review report will be considered by the States and Territories and Australia Government at the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation soon.

The HSR system is generally progressing well: uptake is increasing; consumer use and understanding is improving.

I look forward to working closely with my state and territory colleagues to ensure the Health Star Rating System is providing the most relevant information possible to families.