Restaurants and pubs could be made to offer healthier options on their menus under plans for a new food policy framework for the UK. The report published today by the Cabinet Strategy Unit highlighted that as eating out has now become part of our daily lives it believed that the catering sector should offer consumers the same healthy choices when they ate out as when they cooked at home. The cabinet office said that it planned to work with the industry to reformulate options on menus so that they provided a wider range of foods that were lower in calories, saturated fat, sugar and salt, as well as on better labelling of dishes showing their nutritional contents. As part of the Food Matters – Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century study, a Food Strategy Task Force, which will include the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will be set up to oversee a number of initiatives. The FSA said that it was currently in negotiations with major operators in the pub dining, family restaurant and coffee shop sectors to come up with a voluntary scheme, with the companies set to report back to them in September. The agency, however, admitted that it was not calling for legislation and that introducing one policy was not an easy task, as it was such a diverse sector, with no one size that fitted all. The report said: “We need to help consumers to access healthier choices when eating out, and need to provide information that considers both the health and environmental aspects of food.” Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “The rise of popular interest in food policy issues, and growing public awareness of the impact of what we choose to eat on everything from animal welfare, to our health and the protection of the environment has seen a massive transformation in Britain's food culture over the past ten years. “This cultural change, along with more recent events in global food markets, has brought new and urgent policy challenges to the fore, which governments must act to meet.”