In a supermarket candy and cookie aisle. October 31, France adopted the NutriScore, a labelling system designed to inform consumers about the nutritional value of food choices.
France recently adopted NutriScore, a series of simple colour codes that will allow consumers to easily identify the healthiest foods. But some of the biggest food conglomerates are fighting back.
Meal or snack?
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How food is labelled and presented determines how hungry you will be later.
Gluten-free, GMO-free and 100 percent vegan.
Companies are exploiting a knowledge gap with consumers and fears of the supposed health hazards of certain ingredients with so-called absence labels.
Trying to sort truth about food from fiction can be overwhelming.
When the United States was settled, nearly everyone was a farmer. Today only 2 percent of Americans live on farms, and many of us are illiterate about where food comes from or what kinds are healthy.
With the right skills, scientists can draw journalists like bees to honey.
Is there an art - or a science - to figuring out what stories will soar from the lab to the front page?
And not a steak in sight.
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Sausages, hamburger patties, lamb chops and T-bone steak. There is nothing like the traditional barbecue on Australia Day.
Is ‘voting with your wallet’ an ethico-political act or an illusion?
Food labels aren't just nutritional information anymore: they're moral statements about everything from fair trade to palm oil. But let's not confuse shopping with effective political action.
Action on Sugar doesn't think much of David Cameron's childhood obesity strategy, but will May do any better?
What’s in the bottle is good for me, right?
Microscopic needle-like particles don't seem like something you'd want to feed a baby. Whether safe or not, the way we deal with nanoscale food additives leaves plenty of other questions.
There is a curious paradox at the heart of the food group's new nutrition scheme: the less consumers trust Big Food, the less attention they will pay to the labels.
Eggs cartons will need to show stocking density on the carton.
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New standards for free-range eggs will limit stocking densities and mean hens must have access to outdoors.
The governments’s proposed new labelling system doesn’t allow for clear statements about where food comes from if it’s not Australian.
The new country-of-origin labels are supposed to change a confusing system that led to public outrage about hepatitis infections from frozen berries earlier this year. They fall considerably short.
The health star rating food labelling system is failing consumers.
Rather than informing consumer choice, Australia's year-old health star food rating system is failing customers, and allowing food manufacturers to give an aura of health to junk foods.
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Reducing Australians’ salt intake by 30% could save 7,000 lives a year.
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Even though they were designed for athletes, sports drinks are now usually consumed by people who are neither exercising nor athletes.
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A proposal to allow sports drinks manufacturers to feature health claims has led to something of a spat between the drinks industry and a health lobby group. The heart of the matter is whether “sport drinks…
A study showed how a nutrition rating system led shoppers to buy a more nutritious mix of products. For two years, John Cawley…
Just because a product says it’s GM-free, it doesn’t mean GM organisms haven’t been used in the manufacturing process.
In this final instalment of GM in Australia – a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops – Heather Bray and Rachel Ankeny explore the murky world of…
The health star rating system aims to provide convenient and easily understood nutritional information on food packs.
Assistant health minister Fiona Nash has announced that Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for food policy and regulation have signed off on the health star rating system for front-of-pack…
The mad cow disease epidemic in the UK led to the creation of the Food Standards Agency, which put the public interest back into food policy.
When the English cricket team toured Australia last year they were ridiculed for their dietary requirements long before their humiliation on the pitch. But while English cricket may be wanting, England’s…