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FoodChecker: Traffic Light System

You may have already noticed that in cafes and vending machines across Deakin campuses, foods and beverages have been labelled with a green, amber and red traffic light system classification. The Deakin Food Charter introduced this amazing system to help guide your healthy food making decisions within the food environment at Deakin.


Where does the traffic light system come from?

The traffic light classification labels come from the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices guidelines and categorises foods and drinks into three groups. The guidelines aim to support the offering of healthy food and drinks in hospitals, health services, sports and recreation centres, parks and workplace environments. The Healthy Eating Advisory Service’s free FoodChecker tool enables you to review recipes and menus to generate a colour classification based on the nutritional value of the food and guides you with recommendations and modifications to make them healthier.

GREEN – best choice
AMBER – choose carefully
RED – limit intake

You’ll notice across all the recipes carefully selected for you; we have included their FoodChecker classification. Upon reviewing the recipes in FoodChecker, we achieved 70% GREEN and 30% AMBER; providing modifications to make those amber recipes green!

Here are a few tips to help you achieve a GREEN/AMBER rating in your kitchen:

September 28, 2021

Last modified: October 10, 2021 at 10:46 am

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