In FoodChecker you can add foods and drinks as a ‘recipe’ or a ‘product’.
A product is any pre-made food or drink item that you buy in from an external supplier. Products are often packaged, and they are commonly sold in food outlets like school canteens, cafés and vending machines.
Products can be:
‘ready to consume’ items, such as muesli bars, pies, bottled drinks, confectionery, etc.
or not ready to consume if they need to be combined with other ingredients to make a meal, such as a pasta sauce, pre-cut potato wedges, a gravy powder, flavour syrup, etc.
Start typing the name of the item. You could enter the brand name, the product name, or the flavour For example, if the ingredient is Sample Brand strawberry muesli bar, you could type any combination of “Sample”, “Brand”, “muesli bar” and “strawberry”.
A list of matching options will appear. Find your product in the list and click ADD. It will appear in the Product List box.
If you can’t find your product, click ASSESS NEW PRODUCT to add the details of the product. a) Select the category. b) Enter the product name. c) Answer the questions on screen using the nutrition information panel and other information on the packaging. The questions will change depending on what category you have selected. d) Click ADD TO PRODUCT LIST
TIP: Click SAVE PRODUCT to store it your account for future use.
When you have finished, click FINISH ASSESSMENT.
Your assessment report will appear on screen.
Click SAVE ASSESSMENT AS PDF to save a copy of this report.
FoodChecker is a Victorian Government website that classifies foods and drinks according to Victorian Healthy Choices guidelines. These guidelines align to A Better Choice Food Classification Guide (PDF) for foods only, not drinks. Queensland Health is supporting Queensland HHSs to use FoodChecker until 31 December 2020.
Please note: FoodChecker should not be used by Queensland HHSs to assess drinks. Any drinks assessed on FoodChecker may not be classified correctly in line with A Better Choice Strategy.