Consultation launched in to compulsory calorie labelling

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Consultation launched in to compulsory calorie labelling

Related tags: Calorie labelling, Food, Restaurant

The government has launched a public consultation in to its plans to enforce calorie labelling on restaurant menus.

The proposals are part of a drive to cut childhood obesity by 2030 and will extend to pubs, cafes, takeaways and online ordering sites such as Deliveroo.

The government says it wants to give people “clear and accurate information” about the calorie content of food.

But there are fears the plans could place a significant burden on independent restaurants who change their menus daily or on a regular basis.

“The knock-on effect would almost certainly mean prices go up and investment in businesses goes down,” trade body UKHospitality warned last week.

“A blanket introduction of inflexible calorie labelling would represent a serious additional cost for businesses already facing tightening margins and economic instability.”

The Department of Health says it wants to ensure the requirements are “easy for businesses to understand and implement.”

The consultation will run until 7 December, to have your say click here.

Related topics: Legislation

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