Small businesses to be exempt from takeaway calorie labelling

DHSC has responded to its consultation on requiring any outlet where food and drink is prepared for immediate consumption by the person who buys it to include mandatory calorie labelling, announcing that the measures will be introduced for businesses with more than 250 employees.

In its response, DHSC says that it is committed to reviewing the policy to consider extending it to small and microbusinesses within five years of its’ initial implementation. In the meantime, smaller businesses are encouraged to voluntarily calorie label.

ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “We welcome the exemption for small businesses, which will ensure that they are not disproportionately affected by the mandatory calorie labelling requirements. We will continue to work with the Department of Health and Social Care on the detail of the proposals.”

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