Australian Department of Health - Food and Health Dialogue
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Welcome to the Food and Health Dialogue Website

This website provides information for consumers, industry and public health groups on the Australian Government's Food and Health Dialogue.

The Australian Government acknowledges the need to assist Australians in modifying risk behaviours, such as poor dietary habits, that contribute to preventable chronic diseases.

The 2007 National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey found that the dietary patterns of many Australian children are less than optimal with high consumption of salt and saturated fat, and low consumption of fruit and vegetables. In March 2009, as a result of these findings, the Food and Health Dialogue (the Dialogue) was established.

The Dialogue’s primary activity is action on food innovation, including a voluntary reformulation program across a range of commonly consumed foods. The reformulation program aims to reduce the saturated fat, added sugar, sodium and energy, and increase the fibre, wholegrain, fruit and vegetable content across nominated food categories.

Reformulation targets will be set at challenging levels to deliver real benefits to Australian consumers, while at the same time recognising technical and safety constraints. The reformulation program will be supported where appropriate by activities aimed at reducing and standardising portion sizes and by improving consumer education and awareness of healthier food choices.