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Calories on some menus

The Department of Health has announced that eighteen major catering companies will start to start to include calorie information on menus from the end of April. The general media has reported this announcement (BBC).

The companies include some popular high street chains as well as hospital and college catering firms. Each company has agreed to:

  • Display calorie information for most food and drink they serve
  • Print calorie information on menu boards, paper menus or on the edge of shelves
  • Ensure the information is clear and easily visible at the point where people choose their food

The Foods Standards Agency stated that this move aims "to ensure that consumers have better information so they can make informed choices to improve their diet when eating out".

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this development. Patients can be advised to look out for calorie information when eating out.

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