This week, McDonald’s will add calorie information to menus in their 1,200 UK restaurants.
Calorie information is already on most of the packaging but the move to add calories to the menus, announced by the Department of Health, is hoped to encourage families and children to make healthier choices when ordering fast food.
The move marks part of The Responsibility Deal, a Coalition initiative also supported by high street restaurants such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger and JD Wetherspoon, which will transform in total 5,000 high street food outlets by end of the year.
“One in six meals are now eaten outside the home and for those meals we often have no idea how many calories we are eating,” said Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
“That is why this is such a great achievement by the Responsibility Deal. It will help people spot those hidden calories in their favourite foods and keep an eye on their waistlines.”
McDonald’s serve three million meals every day in their 1,200 UK restaurants.