Catering firms to include nutritional info at events?

Catering firms could be among those targeted under new Food Standard Association (FSA) plans to include nutrition information for consumers.

Food: FSA guidance
Food: FSA guidance

Following moves from supermarkets to label produce, fast food outlets and restaurant chains are talking to the (non-ministerial) government department about "voluntarily introducing calorie information on menus and other materials available at the point consumers choose what to eat".

But the FSA told Event that caterers are welcome to join in the consultation too, in a move that could eventually see food labelling as standard at major events.

"There is no compelling reason why we shouldn't see nutritional information when we eat out, as we are used to seeing it in supermarkets," said FSA chief executive Tim Smith. "As a family man, I know how important it is to have clear information to make decisions about the food that anyone eats when they go out. Providing calorie information is supported by our consumer research and intuitively feels right – this is the first and simplest step and can only be a good thing for all consumers."

The agency's work ties in with the Government's Healthy Food Code of Good Practice, which challenges the food industry to support the public in making healthier choices in an effort to reduce rising levels of obesity and diet-related illnesses.

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