Via the Echo:
Secret health checks on our takeaway meals
Feb 26 2008 by Kevin Core, Liverpool Echo
TAKEAWAY meals could be secretly tested in a Â£16,000 healthy eating spot check.
Trading Standards officers in Wirral want to buy meals from half the outlets on the peninsula before sending them for salt, fat and artificial colour analysis.
The move would test food from tested.
A 2005 testing of Chinese and Indian takeouts revealed huge levels of salt.
Unlike on pre-packed foods there is no requirement to show the nutritional value of a takeaway.
Health officials fear many consumers are in the dark about just how unhealthy some meals are.
Diet accounts for a third of deaths from cardiovascular disease, with fat increasing cholesterol, salt increasing blood pressure.
There are more Chinese than Indian takeaway outlets in Wirral, accounting for 27% and 10% of the total fast food outlets respectively.
The last sampling exercise focused on them exclusively, but still out in the lead, accounting for 39% of takeaways are fish and chip shops.