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Review calorie labelling, Scottish Government urged

Research on the impact of calorie labelling on people with lived experience of eating disorders, published today by Public Health Scotland, raises further concerns about calorie labelling proposals.

Our response

Leon Thompson, Executive Director of UKHospitality Scotland, said: “Understanding how calorie labelling impacts people with lived experiences of eating disorders is important in this debate and I commend Public Health Scotland for carrying out this research.

“Its findings suggest that calorie labelling can have negative consequences for people dealing with, or having dealt with, eating disorders.

“The research recognises that hospitality can help people with their recovery by allowing them to enjoy the experience and socialising with family and friends. That’s the power of hospitality and these benefits must be recognised when legislation like this is being discussed.

“The Scottish Government must now factor in these findings, alongside wider business concerns, and reconsider its proposals to introduce mandatory calorie labelling.

“We look forward to discussing these findings and the broader concerns of our members with the Scottish Government to make the case for scrapping this harmful and unnecessary move.”