Mandatory Kilojoule Labelling On The Menu In 2018

As of May 2018, all major Victorian food outlets and supermarket chains to display kilojoule contents on their menus.

Next year’s May deadline is fast approaching, for major retailers to meet their obligations and display appropriate labelling that ensures Victorians can make informed healthy choices.

The Food (Kilojoule Labelling Scheme and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2016 will require the big chain food outlets and large supermarkets to display the kilojoule content of items on the menu so that families are given the information they need to follow a balanced, healthy diet.

Data shows about two thirds of Victorian adults and a quarter of kids are overweight or obese – and those rates are rising. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, costing the state $14.4 billion each year.

The Victorian-first labelling scheme will apply to large food chains with 20 or more outlets in Victoria, or those with 50 outlets nationally and at least one in the State – accounting for around 3,000 outlets. Some 570 individual supermarkets will also be required to comply.

The new law won’t apply to smaller outlets, such as mobile food businesses, smaller delivery services, food catering businesses or not-for-profit services such as Meals on Wheels.

Businesses that fail to display kilojoule contents risk fines of up to $3,100 for an individual or $15,500 for corporations.

Source: Media Release: Jill Hennessy - Minister for Health (4 May 2017)