Restaurants have been ordered by the government to cut the size of puddings or face being named and shamed.
Yup, I’m with you there, Sean..!
According to The Times, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told a private meeting of more than 100 food companies that the performance of each individual food chain would be monitored and those that failed to take action would be named and shamed.
He said: “Going out to eat is no longer a treat. It’s a regular habit for many families and is contributing significantly to the extra calories and sugar that we all consume on a daily basis.”
One for the #FirstWorldProblems hashtag, methinks…
“We can’t ignore the changing habits of consumers. This means we expect the whole of the out-of-home sector – coffee shops, pubs and family restaurants, quick service restaurants, takeaways, cafes, contract caterers and mass catering suppliers – to step up and deliver on sugar reduction.”
Hmmm, but won’t they just change their habits again, Jeremy? And thereby thwart your nannystate bollocks?
Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie told the meeting that a third of children leaving primary school are too fat, and a fifth of those are obese.
He said: “We need a level playing field. (Ed: Too late, schools sold most of them off..)
“If the food and drink bought in cafés, coffee shops and restaurants does not also get reformulated and portions rethought then it will remain often significantly higher in sugar and bigger in portion than those being sold in supermarkets and convenience shops.
“This will not help the overall industry to help us all make healthier choices.”
I don’t need your help, thanks. Didn’t ask for it, either.
He also told the meeting that cereals, confectionary, yoghurts, ice cream, sweet spreads and jams, cakes, biscuits and breakfast foods such as croissants must all become less sweet or smaller.
Then people will eat two. Game, set and match.