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Order to table
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.25): I seek leave to move the motion circulated in my name.
Leave not granted.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Cody for today for personal reasons.
Display of nutritional information for food—review report
Paper and statement by minister
MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (3.26): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Food Act, pursuant to section 115—Nutritional Information for Food—Review of Display—Review report—2017.
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MS FITZHARRIS: I am very pleased to table the report Review of Display of Nutritional Information for Food. On 1 January 2013 the Food Act 2001 was amended to require certain standard food outlets to display the average energy content of their standard food items in kilojoules. The amendments, which are commonly referred to as the kilojoule display laws, were introduced principally to enable consumers to make more informed choices when purchasing ready-to-eat foods.
In accordance with the act, affected standard food outlets are required to display the average energy content of standard food items for sale, expressed in kilojoules. Retail food outlets are only captured by these display laws if they sell standardised food items and operate as a part of a chain business which operates at seven or more sites in the ACT or 50 or more sites across Australia. Businesses affected by the kilojoule display laws typically include supermarkets, convenience stores and larger fast food/cafe and bakery chains.
The report reviews the operation and impact of the kilojoule display laws and presents studies undertaken by Australian jurisdictions on requirements to display nutritional information at food outlets. In presenting these studies, the report also considers the merits of including additional nutritional information—that is, fat, salt and carbohydrate content—on point-of-sale displays. The review of the operation of the kilojoule display laws found that the laws operate as intended. Generally, there is a