The Greens are celebrating gaining Labor support for their campaign to force restaurant franchises to list kilojoules on their menu boards.
“The Greens legislation will apply to large food chains which have seven or more outlets in the ACT, or 50 or more in Australia.
“NSW already has similar laws for fast food outlets to display the kilojoule content in at least the same font size as the price on each of their food items. This Bill will bring the ACT in-line with its neighbour and looks to build on the NSW model. Other states, including South Australia, are considering similar legislation.
“There will also be a requirement for menu boards to state that ‘recommended average daily energy intake is 8 700 kJ’.
The legislation also requires the Minister for Health to undertake a review of the legislation after it has been in force for three years and consider whether salt, fat and carbohydrates should be included in mandatory display information.
An unintended consquence is that the less affluent will be able to choose which option offers the best kilojoule/dollar value.