Nutrient Criteria for foods categorised as Amber.

If the food item being assessed has less than or equal to the numbers specified in the energy, saturated fat or sodium column, and more than or equal to the number specified in the fibre column, it may be sold in the school canteen.

Note: If the food being assessed is over the threshold for energy or saturated fat or sodium or under the threshold for fibre (if any criterion is not met) – the food is categorised as RED and should not be sold in a healthy school canteen.

Table 1: Hot food items and processed meats assessed per 100g

CategoryNutrient Criteria - Energy (kJ)
per 100g
Nutrient Criteria - Saturated fat (g)
per 100g
Nutrient Criteria - Sodium (mg)
per 100g
Savoury pastries, filled breads, pasta
dishes, pizzas, oven-baked potato
products, dim sims, spring rolls, rice
and noodle dishes
1000kJ or less5g or less400mg or less
Meat products and alternatives crumbed
and not-crumbed (burgers, patties,
strips, balls or nuggets), sausages,
frankfurts and saveloys, stews,
casseroles and curries
1000kJ or less5g or less450mg or less
Processed luncheon meats (fritz,
devon, chicken loaf, free flow chicken
products) and cured meats (for
example: ham, bacon)
1000kJ or less3g or less750mg or less

All types of confectionery are categorised as Red.

Table 2: Snack food items assessed per serve

CategoryNutrient Criteria - Energy (kJ)
per serve
Nutrient Criteria - Saturated fat (g)
per serve
Nutrient Criteria - Sodium (mg)
per serve
Nutrient Criteria - Fibre (g)
per serve
Sweet snack food, bars and
biscuits
600kJ or less3g or less-1g or more
Savoury snack food, biscuits,
crispbreads and crisps
600kJ or less

-- (Energy must be 1800kJ or less per 100g) --
2g or less

-- (Energy must be 1800kJ or less per 100g) --
200mg or less

-- (Energy must be 1800kJ or less per 100g) --
-

-- (Energy must be 1800kJ or less per 100g) --
Ice creams, milk-based ices
and dairy desserts
600kJ or less

-- (Milk must be listed as first ingredient) --
3g or less

-- (Milk must be listed as first ingredient) --
-

-- (Milk must be listed as first ingredient) --
-

-- (Milk must be listed as first ingredient) --
Un-iced cakes, muffins and
sweet pastries
900kJ or less3g or less-1.5g or more

All types of confectionery are categorised as Red.