FoodChecker – menu, product and recipe assessment

Find out if your foods and drinks meet the Victorian Government’s ‘Healthy Choices guidelines’ with FoodChecker.

The Healthy Eating Advisory Service’s FoodChecker is a free online way to review menus, products and recipes against Victorian food and drink guidelines.

You can use FoodChecker to assess the entire menu for a retail food outlet or catering, including recipes, branded products, and stand-alone items.

When you use FoodChecker you will receive an instant report that you can read on screen or save as a PDF. It contains feedback on the foods and drinks you supply, and tailored recommendations for healthier changes to meet the Healthy Choices guidelines.

You can select from thousands of items already in the database, or enter the details of a new item and save it to your account.

Menu assessments

Your menu assessment report will include:

  • A classification for every food and drink item you entered (GREEN, AMBER or RED)
  • Recommendations for healthier alternatives
  • The overall percentage of GREEN, AMBER or RED items on your menu
  • Recommendations to decrease the amount of RED options and increase the amount of GREEN on your menu
  • Advice on promoting your healthier options

Having a menu assessment is an important step towards promoting healthy eating for your staff, customers and visitors. It also helps your organisation work towards the Healthy Eating benchmarks of the Achievement Program.

When you make changes to your menu you can reassess it online. You can also use FoodChecker to plan future menus that meet the Healthy Choices guidelines.

Product assessments

You can use FoodChecker to find out if the branded food and drink products you supply are classified GREEN, AMBER or RED.

Select from thousands of items already in the database, or enter the details of a new item and save it to your account.

Your report will include each product’s classification, with feedback and suggestions for a healthier choice (if relevant).

Recipe assessments

You can use FoodChecker to find out if the recipes you prepare on site are rated as GREEN, AMBER or RED.

Your instant report will include the recipe’s classification, plus recommendations on how to make it healthier, such as modifying ingredients or reducing serving size.

You can enter your own recipe, or use the ‘common recipes’ feature to select from over hundreds of standard recipes, and modify it to match yours. You can also save recipes to use in future.

Go to FoodChecker.

 

 

 

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