UK restaurants, company canteens to put calorie counts on their menus

February 19th, 2011 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 19 (ANI): In a bid to fight the obesity epidemic, restaurants, fast food outlets and company canteens in the UK will be pressured to put calorie counts on their menus.

The voluntary scheme, proposed by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, could come into effect by September 2011, reports the Daily Mail.

It is central to the Government’s so-called ‘nudge agenda’, designed to encourage the public to change their eating habits.

Other measures include reductions in the salt content of processed foods and the removal of artificial trans-fats, which are associated with heart disease.

The Government claims the calorie count information would be available in sandwich chains, cafes, pubs and even Michelin-star restaurants.

Lansley has also set up the Food Network, a collection of food industry leaders and consumer bodies, to draw up voluntary measures to improve the health of the nation under a so-called ‘responsibility deal’. (ANI)

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