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Calorie Count About To Become LAW For Fast Food Joints

Fast food stores will have to reveal the energy content of every item on their menus under new state laws.

The laws, will will come into effect from mid 2017, will require menus and price tags to display the kilojoule content of all unpackaged and ready-to-eat food and drink.

The labelling scheme is to cover all fast food chains, including all national and local chains.

It will also apply to Victoria's 650 supermarkets.

About half of the 3000 individual takeaway stores to be covered by the mandatory labelling laws are already displaying the information include McDonalds, KFC, Hungry Jack's and Pizza Hut.

The average Victorian eats out more than four times a week and health minister Jill Hennessy said the measures were coming into place so they can make informed choices.

Similar laws are already in place in New South Wales, South Australia, the ACT and were recently agreed to in Queensland.

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