Initiatives that engage industry and government in promoting healthy eating and expanding healthy food options are being implemented around the world. The United Kingdom, for example, is working with the food industry to reformulate products to help make healthier food options more accessible. In the United States work has concentrated on expanding the range of food and drink portion sizes and promoting appropriate calorie intake. These initiatives support marketing trends that point to increased consumer awareness of the importance of healthy eating.
The Department of Health (the Department) recently engaged the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to undertake a review of initiatives taking place nationally and internationally that aim to address poor dietary intake through activities including food reformulation, portion standardisation and consumer messaging.