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Health Star Rating System

(March 2021)

The Health Star Rating (HSR) is a voluntary front-of-pack labelling system that rates the overall nutritional profile of packaged food and assigns it a rating from ½ a star to 5 stars. It provides a quick, easy, standard way to compare similar packaged foods. The more stars, the healthier the choice.

The HSR system was implemented in Australia and New Zealand in June 2014, and is jointly funded by Australian, state and territory and New Zealand governments.

See the Health Start Rating system website.


An independent five year review of the HSR system was carried out in 2019. It considered if, and how well, the objectives of the HSR system have been met.

The Review made 10 recommendations to improve the operation of the HSR calculator, drive uptake by industry, improve stakeholder engagement and better manage and monitor the HSR system.

All 10 recommendations were agreed by Ministers with responsibility for food.

Review recommendations relating to FSANZ

Two recommendations of the HSR Review related to FSANZ.

Recommendation 7 related to system governance and recommended that FSANZ should:

  • have a representative on the HSR Advisory Committee
  • take on independent custodianship/management of the HSR calculator and associated database of branded food.

Recommendation 8 related to enhancing the critical infrastructure and recommended FSANZ:

  • expand its food composition data management system (Silo) to enable the automatic upload, validation and public reporting of branded food data (including the HSR).


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