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Fast food outlets including Pizza Hut agree to provide calorie information on menus

September 22, 2011 by  
Filed under All News, General News, Pizza Hut

A number of fast food outlets, including McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut, have bowed to consumer demand and will from this month start displaying the calorie content information of the products on their menu boards.

A recent survey by the consumer groups Which? found that two out of three adults would like to see the calorie information clearly displayed on all fast food products. At present, there is no legal obligation for fast food providers to display how many calories are contained within their menu offerings, however Which? is calling for government intervention to make this kind of labelling mandatory in the industry.

In reaction to the recent findings from Which? 37 different companies have agreed to sign up to the voluntary calorie labelling scheme, including international fast food providers such as McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut. The information is due to start appearing on the menus and menu boards of the 37 firms who’ve agreed to the policy within the coming month.

It is hoped that displaying the calorie information for fast food products such as pizzas and burgers will help consumers make sensible decisions regarding their food choices. The recommended daily intake of calories for a man is 2,500 and 1,900 for women, with this in mind, the calorie content of some of our favourite fast food nibbles may come as a shock with a Pizza Hut double pepperoni 9 inch pizza weighing in with 1,200 calories, and a McDonalds Big Mac and medium fries carrying 820 calories.

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