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New Calorie Labelling Regulations are coming into force.

New Calorie Labelling Regulations are coming into force.

On 6 April 2022,  the UK’s new Calorie Labelling (Out of Home Sector) (England) Regulations 2021 come into force. Businesses which have more than 250 employees will be required to include the calorie information of non-prepacked food items which are in a form suitable for ‘immediate consumption’.

Why is this legislation coming into force?

The aim of this legislation is to help customers make healthy and informed decisions about the food they are consuming.

What types of businesses must follow these new rules?

The types of businesses that fall within the remit of this legislation are restaurants, cafes, pubs etc. It is also worth noting that businesses that sell food online are also required to follow these new guidelines. This includes third party delivery apps.

What type of food falls within the scope of these new regulations?

The regulations apply to food which is suitable for ‘immediate consumption’, non-prepacked food and not exempt food. More details on the non-exempt food can be found in the published Guidance.

What calorie information must be displayed on the food packaging?

Businesses must display the following information on the food packaging:

  1. energy content of the food in kilocalories (kcal);
  2. information on the size of the portion to which the above mentioned calories relate to; and
  3. the following statement ‘Adults needs around 2000 kcal a day’.
Where must the information be displayed?

The information must be displayed at the ‘point of choice’ for the customer. This means any place where the customer chooses which food to purchase. For example, menus (both physical and online), display cases etc.

How are these regulations going to be enforced?

Local authorities will be enforcing these regulations. Local authorities will be exercising discretion when enforcing these regulations. If a business is found not to be complying with these new rules, they may be served with an improvement notice. If a business then fails to take action upon receipt of an improvement notice, a fixed monetary penalty of £2,500 may be ordered.

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