FoodChecker for hospitals and health services

Get a free and instant report of the food and drinks you supply with our online assessment tool, FoodChecker!

Use FoodChecker to assess menus, vending machines, recipes and products according to both:

  • the Victorian Government’s Healthy choices: policy directive for Victorian public health services*
  • original Healthy Choices guidelines**

* Please note: this does not apply to hospital inpatient menus or patient food services.

** All Victorian public health services are strongly encouraged to implement the Healthy choices: policy directive for Victorian public health services across all of their retail food outlets – both in-house and privately/commercially managed. However, the original Healthy Choices guidelines can still be applied in private health services and public health services with privately/commercially managed retail food outlets.

When you use FoodChecker you will receive an instant feedback on screen, plus a PDF report to download and save. It contains feedback on the foods and drinks you supply, and tailored recommendations for healthier changes.

You can do an assessment anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device!

Key topics:

Using FoodChecker

Menu and vending assessments

Recipe assessments

Product assessments

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Using FoodChecker for assessing against the Policy directive

When completing assessments in FoodChecker it’s imperative that you are using the Policy directive flow and not the original Healthy Choices flow. To ensure you are using the correct option:

  • When accessing FoodChecker ensure you select your organisation type as a 'health service' and nominate that you are doing a Policy directive assessment 


  • After completing your assessment you will receive a PDF report. The top of the report’s second page notes the assessment criteria used – it should state that you have done an assessment according to the Healthy choices: policy directive for Victorian public health services

Menu and vending assessments

You can use FoodChecker to assess retail food outlet or catering menus, and vending machines.

Your PDF 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 in your menu or vending machine
  • recommendations to decrease the amount of RED options and increase the amount of GREEN items
  • advice on promoting your healthier options

When you make changes to your menu or vending machine you can reassess these online. You can also use FoodChecker to plan future menus or vending machines that meet the Policy directive.

Start gathering information about the foods and drinks you want to assess.

You can use our Counting Guide to help you understand exactly how to count items within your menu or vending machine.

You will need:

  • a recipe for every food and drink item made on site, with exact quantities for each ingredient (eg, grams, kilograms, litres, etc.)
  • the name and nutrition information for all packaged and pre-made items ('products').

Recipe assessments

You can use FoodChecker to find out if your recipes are classified GREEN, AMBER or RED.

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

You can enter your own recipe, or use the ‘Common recipes’ feature to select from hundreds of standard recipes that you can modify to match your own. You can also save recipes to use in future.

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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 our database, or assess a new item by entering details from the label and save it to your account.

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

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Search products

Search the database of over 3000 packaged food and drinks items, to find healthier GREEN and AMBER foods and drinks for retail outlets, catering and vending machines.

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