Aim: To assess the nutritional quality of a selection of children’s packaged food products available in Australiansupermarkets that were not clear discretionary choices.Methods: Packaged food products targeted towards children were purchased from three Australian regionalsupermarkets in July 2013. Products that made reference to a core food group ingredient on the product label or didnot meet the criteria of a discretionary food were included for analysis. Two methods were used to assess thenutritional quality of the products. These methods involved the Food Standards Australia New Zealand nutrientproﬁling scoring criterion and a core food group method developed by the researchers. Nutrient composition andingredients were obtained from the product labels. Products were classiﬁed as ‘healthy’ or ‘less healthy’ and the levelof agreement between the two methods was compared.Results: Of the 156 children’s food products assessed, 62.2% (n = 97) were classiﬁed as ‘less healthy’ using theFood Standards Australia New Zealand nutrient proﬁling scoring criterion. Using the alternative core food groupingmethod 66.7% (n = 104) of products surveyed were classiﬁed as ‘less healthy’.Conclusions: Many children’s food products available in Australian supermarkets should be considered discretion-ary choices.
Nutrition and Dietetics / Vol. 73, No. 1, pp.88-94