Incorrect advice on the health benefits of packaged foods could be leading many Australians to think they are eating more healthily than they are, a meeting has concluded.
The National Heart Foundation and the Cancer Council have raised their concerns after an intergovernmental forum on food regulation pointed out that there is no independent verification of the health benefits of certain produce.
Chief executive officer (CEO) of the Cancer Council Ian Olver said that the government is as much at fault for allowing this situation to arise.
He continued: "In Europe, where claims of a health benefit are assessed by a government agency, only about one in ten claims stands up to independent analysis.
"Self-substantiation will mean open slather on companies misleading buyers into purchasing products that they think will provide a health benefit, without any independent verification."
Meanwhile, the Heart Foundation's CEO noted that diet choices are becoming increasingly important as people look to take greater responsibility for their own health.
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