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EHOs CRACKDOWN ON MISLEADING MENUS

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The Caterer & Hotelkeeper (p10) reports that restaurants and caterers are continuing to mislead customers over menu...
The Caterer & Hotelkeeper (p10) reports that restaurants and caterers are continuing to mislead customers over menu descriptions. Trading standards officers calculate that nearly one in five menus are flouting the law in some areas. Spot checks in seven regions across the Midlands found that many pubs, restaurants, hotels and other caterers are breaking the law. The worst county was Oxfordshire, where 19% of outlets checked were found to have misleading descriptions on menus.

Troublesome descriptions include:

- using descriptions such as scampi, steak or gammon if the products used are labelled by the manufacturer with terms such as 'reformed', 'chopped and shaped' or 'with added water and gelatine'';

- using the term burgers if they have less than 80% meat content;

- describing a meal as roast when the meat has been steamed and flash-roasted;

- describing food as smoked when the product has only had a smoke flavouring added;

- where products are made with cheese substitutes they should be described as cheese flavoured;

- a full list of menu descriptions and advice can be obtained from Warwickshire's trading standards department on 01926 414040.

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