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McDonald's adds calorie info to its menus

McDonalds add calorie info to its menus Starts this week

For those who wonder how many calories are in a Big Mac, all will soon be revealed, as McDonald's are to introduce calorie information on menus in all their 1,200 UK restaurants.

From Wednesday, people will be able to see at a glance how many calories are in their Big Mac, salad, Happy Meal or milkshake, the Department of Health said.

The fast food chain, which serves around three million meals daily, has signed up to a calorie labelling pledge, along with KFC, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger and JD Wetherspoon.

Research has shown that calorie labelling can make people more aware of the energy content of their foods and helps to influence their choices. The Department of Health hopes the move will lead to people choosing healthier foods.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "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.

"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.”

Jill McDonald, chief executive and president of McDonald's UK, said: "In March we announced our intention to extend the communication of nutritional information to our customers to include displaying calories on our menu boards across the UK.

"This move, as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal, supports the principles we believe are important: giving our customers clear information to help them make decisions that are right for them and provide a choice on our menu."

This article was published on Mon 5 September 2011

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