Food Active Response: Mandating Calorie Labelling in the Out of Home Sector

Food Active Response: Mandating Calorie Labelling in the Out of Home Sector

The Government has finally laid out legislation to mandate calorie labelling in the out of home sector – including takeaways, fast food outlets and cafés. The policy was consulted on back in December 2018, after being featured as part of the Childhood Obesity Plan published earlier in the year. Our Programme Lead responds…

Nicola Calder, Food Active Programme Lead said:

“We welcome the Government’s confirmation of introducing mandatory calorie labelling in larger out of home businesses – including restaurants, takeaways and cafés. These types of outlets contribute to a growing proportion of our daily calorie intake as we eat out more and more. There is also evidence to show that foods served within these establishments are typically higher in fat, sugar and/or salt. This policy will help to make it easier for consumers to make informed choices and select healthier options when eating out or ordering takeaway meals. With over two thirds of the adult population currently living with overweight and obesity in the UK, such a proposal is an important step as we attempt to recover from Covid-19 and build healthier, more resilient communities.

However, we understand some of the concerns raised around how this policy could contribute towards disordered eating or be a trigger for those living with eating disorders. We are therefore pleased to see as part of these proposals that outlets will be required to have menus without calorie labels (outlets currently offer this provision, for example with allergen information). These menu’s will be made available on request should anyone not wish to see the calorie information.”

To read the official press release, please click here.

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