The Victorian Government will introduce legislation into Parliament later this year that will require chain food outlets and large supermarkets to display kilojoule content on their menu boards, price tags and online menus.
The new laws will require large chain food outlets and large supermarkets to display the kilojoule content of food and drinks on menus, menu boards, price tags and online menus. The proposed scheme will apply to large food chain businesses that have 20 or more outlets in Victoria, or 50 or more outlets nationally.
Almost two-thirds of Victorians are overweight or obese. It is estimated that obesity costs Victoria $14.4 billion a year.
Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy says the laws are about making sure information is available to consumers so they can make informed decisions about their diet.
“Many people are unaware that a single fast-food meal may contain most of an adult’s daily kilojoule intake,” said Ms Hennessy.
Kellie-Ann Jolly of the Heart Foundation Victoria, said the move will enable Victorians to make healthier choices.
“Fast food is typically higher in saturated fat, sugar, salt and energy, so it’s important for consumers to be empowered.”
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