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Menu labels another costly burden on restaurants, says BHA

15 January 2009 by
Menu labels another costly burden on restaurants, says BHA

Nutritional labelling on menus will have "significant cost implications" for catering businesses and has not been thought through sufficiently carefully, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) has warned.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) today revealed details of a voluntary scheme that will see a number of restaurants including calorie information on their menus from this summer.

It follows last year's launch of a compulsory scheme in for large restaurants in New York that is estimated to have cut the average intake of consumers by 50-100 calories per meal.

The FSA expects support from across the sector for menu labelling, but BHA chief executive Bob Cotton said the launch has come at the wrong time for hard pressed businesses.

"The scheme, although voluntary, may yet be seen as another burden on businesses as it comes on top of the FSA's decision to introduce a six-tier food hygiene ‘Scores on the Doors' scheme'," he said.

"Our greatest fear is that a statutory approach might be adopted if a sufficient number of catering businesses do not take it up. If that happened, individual restaurants just would not be able to cope."

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By Daniel Thomas

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