Health activists hailed the direction of government policies.
Tam Fry, National Obesity Forum, called for the swift introduction of change, in a bid to deal with a growing crisis. He said: “They will all be fiercely opposed by commercial interests, just as they have been over the past twenty years as obesity rates have risen. ”
The food and beverage industry has expressed deep concern.
Kate Nicholls, managing director of UK hospitality, said putting a specific number of calories on menus that change regularly will cost companies around £ 40,000 each time they change.
She said: “At this point, imposing these mandatory costs on the industry will only cripple it as it goes through a very fragile recovery. Now is not the time to impose more regulatory and financial burdens. “