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Industry body derides ‘nanny state’ drive for calorie labelling

Restaurants Association calls for education to tackle healthy eating instead of adding calorie counts to menus

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

@aarrogan
23rd February, 2020
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said a consultation on the calorie-count plans would have been “guaranteed to fail” if it had gone ahead as planned. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

An industry body has questioned why plans to force restaurants to add calorie labelling to menus is being handled by the Department of Health’s Tobacco and Alcohol Control Unit (DOH TACU).

The plans are part of the government’s Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025. No timeframe has been set for the legislation, but last month Minister for Health Simon Harris began a consultation period and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has...

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