The Victorian Government is placing good health at the centre of our everyday lives by helping to create health-promoting environments and healthy choices in the places where Victorians spend their time.
The Healthy Eating Advisory Service is available to help childcare centres, schools, workplaces, health services, food outlets, parks and sporting centres to provide healthy foods and drinks to the public in line with Victorian Government policies and guidelines and the healthy eating benchmarks of the Achievement Program.
The food industry can play a key role in providing and promoting healthy food environments.
The Victorian Government outlines nutrient criteria for food and drinks sold in a variety of settings through School canteens and other school food services policy and Healthy choices: food and drink classification guide. Both resources use nutrient criteria to categorise foods and drinks as GREEN, AMBER or RED.
The industry can use these guidelines and other resources to drive product innovation, improve their product health position and increase their overall sales.
Kilojoules on the menu
Large chain food outlets and large supermarkets are displaying the kilojoule content of ready-to-eat food and drinks on their menus and food tags to make it easier for Victorians to make healthier food choices when eating out.
The Food Amendment (Kilojoule Labelling Scheme and Other Matters) Act, 2017 requires large chain food businesses and large chain supermarkets to display:
- the average kilojoule content of standardised, ready-to-eat food and non-alcoholic drinks on menus, menu boards and food labels
- the following statement - ‘The average adult daily energy intake is 8,700 kJ’ on menus, menu boards and on each display cabinet, stand or area where standard food items are displayed.
The scheme applies to large chain food businesses and large chain supermarkets with 20 or more outlets in Victoria or 50 or more outlets nationally (and at least one in Victoria).
The kilojoule labelling scheme is part of a multi-strategy approach to encourage healthy eating and reduce the impact of obesity. These laws ensure consumers can compare the kilojoule content of food and drinks on offer and help them make more informed decisions when eating out and taking food away to eat at home or on the go.
Information for food businesses and local councils about the kilojoule labelling scheme is available on the Food Safety website.