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Food Labelling

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible plan to implement calorie labelling on menus and display boards.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

DECC receives its catering services through a contract procured by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) labels, which provide information on calories, fats, saturated fats, salt and sugar, are provided on foods and have been rolled out across the DEFRA catering contract, which includes DECC.

In relation to those DECC non departmental public bodies who have catering contracts:

the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is planning to implement the labelling of calories on menus in the new year. the Coal Authority's external catering services provider is developing menus and display boards for main courses on sale which will show calorie labelling. The menus and display boards will be available in the authority's canteen as from February 2012.

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