Restaurant chains to display calorie information

Major restaurant chains, including Burger King, Pizza Hut and KFC, will start to display calorie information on menus from this month, as part of a Government-backed scheme.

The chains, together with several catering companies, have signed up to a directive set out by the Foods Standards Agency (FSA), which has been working in conjunction with the Department of Health.

The companies will show the number of calories contained in food and drink products on menus, boards or display shelves.

By June, around 350 outlets across the country will display the calorie information, with more companies expected to sign up to the initiative.

Other companies already onboard also include Co-operative supermarket cafes, Marks & Spencer Revive cafes, Pret a Manger, Sainsbury’s cafes, Subway and Waitrose cafes.

Tim Smith, FSA chief executive, says: “Our aim is to ensure that consumers have better information so they can make informed choices to improve their diet when eating out, whether that is a snack on the go, a meal in a staff restaurant or at a table being served by a waiter.”

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