Six high street fast food chains have committed themselves to making healthy changes to their menus with pub chains and family restaurants expected to follow suit next year.
The commitment, carried out in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency, will see Burger King, KFC, McDonald`s, Nando`s, Subway and Wimpy, introduce a range of measures to help people eat more healthily outside the home.
Measures include working with suppliers to reduce salt and fat levels in certain products, increasing the number of healthier options on the menu and making nutritional information available for customers.
Each company has agreed to update the FSA on their progress every six months and will make changes accordingly.
The move is part of efforts by the FSA to improve healthy eating options. It has already been working with supermarkets and workplace caterers on making food options healthier and is expected to unveil commitments from larger pub chains and family restaurant chains in January.
Rosemary Hignett, head of nutrition at the FSA, said: "Eating out should be fun and we don`t want to change that, but we believe restaurants can help make it easier for us to take healthier choices when dining out.
"These companies` commitments, together with the positive work that many have been doing for a number of years, show just how much is possible. We hope that other restaurant chains will be able to emulate this exciting work".
Reduce your salt FSA tells caterers
FSA pushes nutritional info on menus