Restaurants to display calories on menusWhich? welcomes more information for diners
16 January 2009
The Government has launched a new scheme that will help people watch what they eat in restaurants and other food outlets.
Under the new plans, announced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), restaurants will give calorie information on menus and at point of sale.
The FSA is in talks with a number of companies who will adopt the scheme later this year. Pizza Hut have said that it welcomes the proposals, and has volunteered to take part in the trial.
Which? welcomes extra nutritional information
Which? has a long running campaign to encourage the food industry to provide consumers with better nutritional information.
When we tested takeaway food we found huge nutritional differences between the same meals - making it hard for people to know what they were eating.
Sue Davies, senior policy adviser, Which? says:
'Consumers don’t need to be told what to eat, but they should be provided with enough information to make up their own minds. Supermarket product labelling has helped, but as soon as you eat out at a restaurant or grab a sandwich from a coffee shop, watching what you eat instantly becomes a guessing game.
'After a successful launch in New York restaurants, this is a good place to start and food outlets should be open and support the FSA’s scheme. Many people may discover that their lunchtime sandwich, or Friday night takeaway has a lot more calories and fat than they ever imagined. We also hope it will encourage the catering sector to work on new healthier ways to keep the taste up and the calories down.'
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