Calorie labelling compulsory

The Government passed legislation in July to make calorie labelling compulsory for larger takeaways, chains and restaurants.

Diabetes UK welcomed the news as it will become easier to make healthy choices about the food and drink we consume away from home. The charity has been calling for this policy as part of its Food Upfront campaign since 2018.

Helen Kirrane, Head of Policy, Campaigns and Mobilisation at Diabetes UK, said: “This is an important step forward in creating an environment where making the healthy choice becomes the easy choice. This legislation brings large businesses such as cafes, restaurants and takeaways more in line with the food retail sector, as they’ll give people clear calorie information. It will also encourage businesses to make their menus healthier. This is an important start, and we now need to see the Government fully put in place and build on the measures set out in the Obesity Strategy to address rising levels of obesity across the UK.”

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