The Government has announced a consultation on introducing mandatory calorie labelling for the “out of home” sector. If the consultation progresses into legislation, calories would be listed alongside meal descriptions in restaurants, cafes, and online outlets across England.
We’ve been campaigning for clearer food labelling through our Food Up Front campaign, and this is a promising step in the right direction if the consultation does translate into legislation.
Helen Dickens, Assistant Director of Campaigns & Mobilisation at Diabetes UK, said:
“People living with diabetes and more than three quarters of the British public have told us that they want more information about what’s in the food and drink they buy, to help make healthier choices – especially when they’re out and about. These bold, ambitious proposals from government are – if put into legislation – essential to making the healthy choice the easy choice for British consumers.
“The UK is facing a Type 2 diabetes crisis. With around two thirds of adults in the UK classed as overweight or obese, and therefore at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and other chronic health conditions, it’s really important that we have measures in place that make it easier for all of us to lead healthier lives. These measures are the next vital step in making this a reality and – potentially – beginning to stem the tide of Type 2 diabetes.
“We look forward to the conclusions of this important consultation, and to seeing how these measures can practically be implemented in the future.”