Consultation outcome

Calorie labelling for food and drink served outside of the home

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Impact assessment: mandating calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector

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Detail of outcome

From September to December 2018, the government consulted on requiring businesses in the out-of-home sector, for example, restaurants, cafes and takeaways, to display calorie information on the food and drink they sell.

The government’s response confirms that it will introduce mandatory calorie labelling for large businesses in the sector (businesses with 250+ employees) along with other details about the policy.

Making calorie information visible when eating out or getting a takeaway will help people to make healthier food choices for themselves and their families.

Original consultation

Summary

The government is seeking views on its plans to make places serving food and drink outside of the home display calorie information.

This consultation was held on another website.

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Consultation description

This consultation is seeking views on making places that serve food and drink outside of the home show calorie information (calorie labelling).

For example, this could include on menus in restaurants, cafes, pubs, coffee shops and takeaways.

It also asks for views on:

  • which businesses and products should have to display calorie information
  • what information should be displayed alongside information about calories
  • where this information should be displayed
  • how businesses can put this into practice and whether they will face any issues or obstacles in doing so

The purpose of calorie labelling is to make sure that people have clear and accurate information about the calorie content of the food and drink that they and their families are eating when dining out, so that they can make informed and healthy choices for themselves and their children.

Nearly 1 in 4 children in England are obese or overweight by the time they start primary school, and this rises to 1 in 3 by the time they leave primary school.

Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, and obesity in adulthood increases a person’s risk of developing:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • heart disease
  • fatty liver disease
  • a number of cancers

An equality assessment was carried out ahead of this consultation.

The government has also published the methodology of the DHSC calorie model.

Documents

Impact assessment: mandating energy labelling of food and drink in the out-of-home sector

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Published 14 September 2018
Last updated 27 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added government response, equality assessment and impact assessment.

  2. Changes made to the impact assessment, paragraphs 40, 42, and 43, providing contextual information on international policies. In paragraph 40, Canada has been added to the list of countries that have accepted regulations to mandate calorie labelling. In paragraphs 42 and 43, corrected information has been added on legislative intentions to introduce calorie labelling in Northern Ireland and more detail has been provided about the 'Calorie Wise' scheme.

  3. First published.