Fast food joints fail to advertise calorie count
Hey fatties! Think it would be a good idea if fast food joints and restaurants displayed calorie counts of their food at the point of sale? That way, you might think twice about what you buy and then you might stop being such a fatty, right?
The Food Standards Agency thought something like that would be a good idea as well, and implemented it as a trial. Amazingly though, most of Britain’s fast food chains have quietly backed away from extending the trial, bizarrely opting not to advertise the calorific content of their wares.
The only company to have committed to extending the trial are Pret A Manger – the rest, including the likes of McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut are no longer taking part in the vast majority of their outlets. The Independent report that just three per cent of 6,000 major fast food and sandwich shops are displaying the info that the FSA hoped they would.
Just why Pizza Hut wouldn’t want their customers to know that one of their pizzas has 2,656 calories (156 above the RDA for a man) or that a Starbucks carrot cake has 560 calories (over a quarter of the RDA for a woman) is completely beyond us. We’re stumped.
Mmmm, muffin stumps…