Responsibility Deal and hospitality calorie labelling praised by Health Secretary

By Peter Ruddick

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Related tags: Responsibility deal, Nutrition

Calorie labelling in restaurants is part of the voluntary Responsibility Deal which has been praised by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley
Calorie labelling in restaurants is part of the voluntary Responsibility Deal which has been praised by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley
The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has claimed public health has started to change as a result of the Responsibility Deal which includes calorie labelling in restaurants.

In a speech at the Royal Society for Public Health Lansley claimed the voluntary Responsibility Deal, which has seen hospitality businesses sign up to pledge their support through calorie or alcohol information, was helping people to change their health awareness and behaviour.

"Now, people on the high street can be reassured that artificial trans fats are not lurking in their food from many outlets such as Greggs, Costa or McDonald’s," he said.

"And customers will know that when they eat out at popular high street restaurants this year over a third of meals and takeaways will have their calories labelled, helping people to opt for the healthier options. The Responsibility Deal has led to real changes for everyone and we can now see these in our everyday life," Lansley added.

In the speech Lansley also announced local authorities are to be given specific budgets in the next financial year to spend on public health measures with the results being assessed and the best councils rewarded.

Pret A Manger

After the publication of the Responsibility Deal in March over 170 companies and organisations became partners and hospitality businesses such as Harvester and Pret A Manger signed up to promote calorie labelling on their menus.

Caroline Cromar, director of food at Pret A Manger, told BigHospitality the labelling had been welcomed by customers. "Since the labelling came into effect in 2009 across all 250 of our shops in the UK, customers have generally responded positively. We continue to be as transparent as possible to allow our customers to make their own choices around what they eat. Alongside our labelling on our shelves our website shows a detailed breakdown of nutritional information, including calories, salt and fat," Cromar said.

"Pret continues to offer its customers some of the most nutritionally strong food on the high street and we also pride ourselves on the freshness of our natural food," she added.

Other signatories to the calorie labelling part of the deal include JD Wetherspoon, Compass Group and YO! Sushi. Takeaway chain Subway are due to announce their involvement this week.

BigHospitality's timeline of the hospitality industry involvement in the Responsibility Deal:

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