30th August 2019
HEALTH STAR RATING FIVE YEAR REVIEW BACKFLIPS ON EDIBLE OILS (FED)
The Australian Olive Association (AOA) is warning that the final recommendations from the Health Star Rating System (HSRS) Five Year Review Report will mislead consumers on healthy oils. The final recommendations go against findings from the Draft Report, which outlined the shortcomings of the HSR calculator’s ability to assess the true healthiness of edible oils. Instead, the final report recommends ‘status quo’ for oils, meaning naturally produced extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) will be ranked with fewer stars than refined seed oils, such as canola and sunflower. The AOA is calling for a regulated exemption of edible oils from category 3 products in the HSRS and is seeking Government support to work with industry to improve the HSR calculator so it delivers accurate information about the relative healthiness of edible oils to customers.