Online tool allows restaurants to display calorie content on their menus

A new online tool developed by The Food Safety Authority of Ireland will allow Irish food businesses to calculate the calorie content in their menus.

MenuCal is the first such tool of it’s kind in Europe and it seems other countries may follow suit.

It will allow Irish restaurants and other food businesses to display the amount of calories in each of their dishes for their customer’s awareness.

However, the plan has struck some controversy with the Restaurant Association of Ireland who claim that it could cost the industry up to €5,000 a year.

The Minister for Health, James Reilly, has said there are no plans to make the display of calorie content in menus compulsory for restaurants as of yet.

Would you prefer to know the calorie content of the dish you have ordered in a restaurant?