Restaurants and pubs could be forced to display calorie counts on their menus if they do not respond to attempts for a voluntary system. Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary suggested at the weekend he is prepared to make the notion mandatory for both food and drink, as part of plans to tackle rising obesity levels. The moves come a year after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched a trial scheme with 18 restaurant and pub operators, which printed calorie counts next to menu items. But last month reports indicated that several operators had discontinued the scheme, with only five firms agreeing to give a “forward, long-term commitment”. These included Pret A Manger, Wimpy, Co-Operative Cafes, The Camden Food Company and The Real Greek. At that time, a spokesman for the FSA told M&C Report: “We are currently reviewing the numerous responses we have had to our consultation on a calorie labelling scheme, and the trial undertaken last summer, which was independently evaluated and is just one element we are using to inform the development of our recommendations. "We received responses from a broad range of external organisations, including many from the hospitality industry, which have generally been very positive." A spokesperson for the Department of Health, commenting on Lansley’s admission, said: “We are working with the industry on a range of options and currently there are no plans to legislate.”