Nutritional information could soon have to be displayed in restaurants and chip shops across the country.
The new chief executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) yesterday revealed plans to have fat, salt, sugar and calorie content visible for consumers.
In an interview with the Observer, Tim Smith said the aim was to encourage healthy eating by making people more aware of the “hidden calories” in their food.
“The current situation, where a few of these outlets carry such information on their website or in a leaflet, isn’t good enough,” he said, adding: “We need action here and we need it quickly.”
Under the plans restaurant bosses would have to display nutritional information on menus or behind the counter.
Meanwhile an FSA survey has revealed that 85 per cent of people agree that restaurants, pubs and cafes should make it clear to customers what is in the food they serve, while 81 per cent would like to know before they order.