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April 7, 2022

UK implements new law to add calorie count to restaurant menus

The calorie information will be added to restaurant menus, online menus, third party apps and food labels.

The UK has implemented a new law that requires large businesses, such as big restaurants, takeaways and cafes, to add the calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drinks to menus.

The move is part of the government’s efforts to tackle increasing obesity levels among the general population and help customers to make informed choices.

All businesses with more than 250 employees are required to adhere to the new legislation.

According to a UK Government statement, businesses need to add calorie information on menus, online menus, third party apps, food delivery platforms and food labels.

Furthermore, all items must add a separate statement on daily recommended calorie requirements.

However, all food items that are offered for 30 days or less in a year are exempted.

The Department of Health and Social Care will enforce the new law, along with local authorities.

UK Public Health Minister Maggie Throup said: “It is crucial that we all have access to the information we need to maintain a healthier weight, and this starts with knowing how calorific our food is. We are used to knowing this when we are shopping in the supermarket, but this isn’t the case when we eat out or get a takeaway.

“As part of our efforts to tackle disparities and level up the nation’s health, these measures are an important building block to making it as easy as possible for people to make healthier food choices.”

It is estimated that around 63% of adults in England are overweight. Obesity-related hospital admissions in the country have also jumped in 2019/20 compared to 2018/19 figures, according to the official data.

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