Watchdog launches food-to-go consultation

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a consultation on proposals to improve food eaten outside of the home. It says such foods are “skewed towards less healthy options, which are often high in calories”.

The public sector body seeks views from the public, the out-of-home food sector and all interested organisations on proposals to give the people of Scotland healthier options when they’re eating out.

The consultation is open for responses until February 28, 2019.

Ross Finnie, Chair of FSS, said: “We recognise the out-of-home sector makes an important contribution to the Scottish economy, but it doesn’t always support a healthy diet.

“Our proposals aim to shift the food choices available when we’re eating out towards those that are healthier and have lower calories. We welcome suggestions on how businesses could lead the way to make the necessary changes.”

Public Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick, who recently launched an action plan to reduce Scotland’s drinking, said any measures introduced would be reasonable and proportionate.