In December 2016 the final part of the labelling regulations as set out in EU 1169/2011 will come into force. This means more detail will be required on pre-packed food labels about nutritional values.
We are very concerned that academics, consumer pressure groups and officials both in the UK and Europe are demanding that nutritional information should also be shown on ready-to-eat food. If this pressure succeeds and you run a restaurant, takeaway, delicatessen, school canteens or produce food at home for sale to the public you will be forced to display the calories etc. on your products.
Recently the Local Government Association (LGA) England and Wales is reported to have said:
Pubs, restaurants and cinema chains should display the calorie content of the food and drink they serve on menus or over counters. They should follow the example of the US, where calorie labels were ordered nationwide last year, to combat the growing obesity epidemic.
There is a need to declare nutritional values on ready to eat foods, so every meal served should show how many kilojoules and kilocalories it contains as well as amounts of other nutrients, even like sodium and potassium
The call for the inclusion of this information is not new.
The list of organisations presenting both verbal and written evidence would suggest that no small food businesses were represented. the only two food ones that the report relied on were the Whitbread pub chain and MacDonald's, hardy a true representation of small food businesses. Yet the summary made the following comment: Where feasible, the same level of nutrition information should be given on food sold loose and food sold prepacked for direct sale in supermarkets and other food shops. Currently, there are few or no requirements for clear and meaningful labelling of such foods, and the Government seems to be doing little to address this gaping hole in food labelling requirements.
The proposal - Is for a declaration of energy value in kilojoules and kilocalories plus the amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt. This may be supplemented.