Some 17 catering chains started showing the number of calories in the food and drink items on their menus earlier this month. The initiative followed an FSA consultation with consumers and caterers and the recent publication of a consumer response report.  

The FSA and UK Department of Health believe that displaying the calorie contents of meals on menus will enable consumers to ‘make healthier choices and combat the spread of “obesity”’. The caterers already taking part include fast food chains, coffee and sandwich shops, pub chains and workplace caterers, and it is hoped that more will follow suit.