Mandatory kilojoule labelling

Large chain food outlets and supermarkets will be required to display the kilojoule content of food and drinks on menus and price labels as part of new laws to be introduced by the State Government.

The proposed scheme will apply to large food chain businesses that have 20 or more outlets in Victoria, or 50 or more outlets nationally.

According to the government, just over half of such Victorian chain food outlets voluntarily display kilojoule content.

“Many people are unaware that a single fast-food meal may contain most of an adult’s daily kilojoule intake,” Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.

“With rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes increasing at an alarming rate and placing a huge burden on our health system, this is an important step forward in tackling this issue and improving the health of Victorians.”

Legislation will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament later this year.

Once passed, businesses will be given 12 months to comply with the new laws.