Journal article

The Impact of Australasian Voluntary Front of Pack Nutrition Labelling on Packaged Food Reformulation

Laxman Bablani, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Bruce Neal, Christopher Skeels, Kevin Staub, Tony Blakely

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

Abstract Background Front-of-pack nutrition labelling (FoPL) of packaged foods can promote healthier diets. Australia & New Zealand (NZ) adopted the voluntary Health Star Rating (HSR) scheme in 2014. We studied the impact of voluntary adoption of HSR on food reformulation overall, and for more- versus less-healthy foods. Methods Annual nutrition information panel data was collected for non-seasonal packaged foods sold in major supermarkets in Auckland from 2013-19, and Sydney from 2014-18. We used difference-in-differences to estimate reformulation associated with HSR adopt..

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