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The Ministerial Forum for Food Regulation has decided to keep the Health Star Rating for fresh Australian juice at a disappointing 2.5 stars. 

Help us convince them that the Health Star Rating must be reviewed in order to properly account for the nutritional benefits of fresh juice. 

The Ministerial Forum for Food Regulation has voted to keep the Health Star Rating of fresh Australian fruit and vegetable juice at 2.5 stars – a lower rating than diet soft drink! Help secure the right rating for Aussie juice and support our citrus growers.

By ranking fresh fruit and vegetable juice lower than diet soft drink, the Ministerial Forum for Food Regulation have highlighted the need for our flawed Health Star Rating System to be reviewed. 

The current system failed to take into account the countless nutritional benefits of fresh fruit and vegetable juice including vitamin C, Folate and Thiamin and the role they play in a well-rounded and balanced diet. 

Currently, 94% of Australians aren’t eating the recommended serving of fruit and vegetables each day. A small glass of juice has enough nutrients to reverse this disappointing trend. 

By rating 100% fresh Australian juice (with no added sugar) lower than diet soft drink, health regulators have sent a mixed and potentially dangerous message to the Australian public. 

The nutritional benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables do not change when simply crushed or squeezed into liquid form. 

100% fresh fruit and vegetable juices should have a higher Health Star Rating than diet soft drinks. 

Australia’s Health Star Rating System must be reviewed in order to assure that the nutritional benefits of fresh Australian produce is not being ignored, and worse, penalised. 

Helps us secure a more rigid Health Star Rating System by signing this petition to relevant ministers. 

Help secure a review the Health Star Rating System

Dear Health Ministers,

I am writing to you to request that Federal and State Health Ministers consider a review of the Health Star Rating System to account for the nutritional benefits of fresh juice.

The current algorithm in place penalises fresh juice with no added sugar for its natural sugar content and does not count the added nutritional benefits of fresh juice including Vitamin C, Thiamin and Folate.

The current 2.5 stars for fresh Australian juice is an oversight of the Health Star Rating System and has sent a mixed, and disturbing message to Australian consumers.

Currently, a shocking 94% of Australians don’t eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables each day.

A review of Australia’s Health Star Rating System would reassure consumers that a glass of fresh juice, as regulated under the Australian dietary guidelines, is a nutritious alternative to sugar-based chemically-enhanced drinks.

In order to restore faith in Australian consumers and growers, it is vital that a review of the Health Star Rating system take place and nutritional value

In order to avoid sending the wrong message to Australian consumers, and growers, it is vital that Health Ministers see sense in their decision when granting fresh juice its Health Star Rating.

Please consider the nutritional value of home-grown fruit and vegetables as well as the hard-working growers behind the scenes.

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Yours sincerely,
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