by BFFF
May 27th, 2021
3 mins
BFFF

In a drive by the Government to tackle obesity and improve the nations health, large businesses will be required to display calorie information on menus and food labels from April 2022. This move is part of the governments wider strategy to tackle obesity and will help people to make more informed and healthier choices when eating out or ordering takeaways.

The regulation was laid out in parliament earlier in May, requiring businesses with 250 or more employees in England, including cafes, restaurants and takeaways to display the calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drink items that are prepared for customers. Within the Regulations, the government has a provision which permits businesses to provide a menu without calorie information at the express request of the customer. As a result, people who may find viewing calorie information more difficult may be able to avoid this information in certain situations when eating out.

The calorie information will be displayed at the point of choice for the consumer, on physical and online menus, food labels and also food delivery platforms.

The government plan to work with the food and drink sector and local authorities to ensure the regulations are implemented smoothly. They also claim that by enforcing this new regulation on larger businesses, It will not impact the smaller, independent businesses who might find the requirement difficult.

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