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Table 3 Summary of amber nutrient criteria for commonly targeted food categories in Australian institutions

From: A comprehensive overview and qualitative analysis of government-led nutrition policies in Australian institutions

Food Energy Saturated Fat Sodium Sugar Fibre
Health Facilities (ACT, NT, QLD, SA, VIC, WA)a
 Cakes/sweet tarts/pastries ≤900 kJ/serve ≤3 g/serve
(≤3/100 g SA, NT)
≤300 mg/serve (WA only) ≥1.5 g/serve
 Savoury snacks (e.g. savoury biscuits, crisps) ≤600 kJ/serve (and some states ≤1800 kJ/100 g) ≤2-3 g/serve
(≤ 3 g/100 g SA, NT)
≤200 mg/serve
 Processed meat (cold luncheon and cured meats) ≤900-1000 kJ/100 g ≤3 g/100 g ≤750 mg/100 g (ACT, VIC, WA only)
 Meat products (e.g. crumbed and coated meat, frankfurts) ≤1000 kJ/100 g ≤5 g/100 g ≤450-700 mg/100 g
 Hot food items (e.g. savoury pastries, pizza, instant noodles) ≤1000 kJ/100 g ≤5 g/100 g ≤400 mg/100 g
 Pre-prepared meals ≤2500 kJ/serve ≤2 g/100 g
(≤2 g/serve VIC)
≤900 mg/serve + ≤300 mg/100 g ≥3 g/serve
 Ice-creams and dairy desserts ≤600 kJ/serve ≤3 g/serve
(≤3 g/100 g NT)
 Sweet snacks (e.g. muesli bars, sweet biscuits). ≤600 kJ/serve ≤3 g/100 g (≤3 g/serve VIC) ≥1 g/serve
Schools (ACT, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA)a
 Meat products (e.g. crumbed and coated foods, sausages, frankfurts) ≤1000 kJ/100 g ≤5 g/100 g ≤450-700 mg/ 100 g
 Hot food items (e.g. savoury pastry, pizza, oven-baked potato products, instant noodles) ≤1000 kJ/100 g ≤5 g/100 g ≤400 mg/100 g
 Cakes/sweet tarts/pastries ≤900 kJ/serve ≤3 g/serve (≤3 g/100 g WA) ≥1.5 g/serve
 Savoury snacks (e.g. savoury biscuits, crisps) ≤600 kJ/serve (and some states ≤1800 kJ/100 g) ≤2 g/serve ≤200 mg/serve
 Ice-creams and dairy desserts ≤600 kJ/serve ≤3 g/serve
 Sweet snacks (e.g. muesli bars, sweet biscuits) ≤600 kJ/serve ≤3 g/serve ≥1 g/serve
Workplaces (NT, TAS, VIC, WA)a
 Cakes/sweet tarts/pastries ≤600-900 kJ/serve ≤3 g/100 g (≤3 g/serve VIC, WA) ≤200 mg/serve
(TAS only)
5-15 g/100 g
(WA only)
≥1.5 g/serve
 Processed meat (cold luncheon and cured meats) ≤900-1000 kJ/ 100 g (≤600 kJ/ serve WA) ≤3 g/100 g ≤700-750 mg/100 g
 Meat products (e.g. crumbed and coated meat, frankfurts) ≤1000 kJ/100 g ≤5 g/100 g ≤450-700 mg/ 100 g
 Hot food items (e.g. savoury pastries, pizza, instant noodles) ≤1000 kJ/100 g ≤5 g/100 g ≤400 mg/100 g
 Pre-prepared meals ≤2500 kJ/serve (nil WA) ≤2 g/100 g VIC, ≤2 g/serve NT, ≤3 g/serve WA, ≤4 g/100 g TAS ≤900 mg/serve and ≤ 300 mg/ 100 g (400 mg/ 100 g WA) ≥3 g/serve
 Ice-creams and dairy desserts ≤600 kJ/serve ≤3 g/100 g (≤3 g/serve VIC, WA) 5-15 g/100 g
(WA only)
 Sweet snacks (e.g. muesli bars, sweet biscuits). ≤600 kJ/serve ≤3 g/100 g (≤3 g/serve VIC, WA) 5-15 g/100 g
(WA only)
≥1 g/serve (≥3 g/serve WA)
  1. aNew South Wales policies were excluded since criteria are based on portion size and Health Star Rating, rather than traffic light labelling. ACT Australian Capital Territory, NT Northern Territory, QLD Queensland, SA South Australia, TAS Tasmania, VIC Victoria, WA Western Australia