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A council is considering imposing a £1,000 levy on new hot food takeaway shops.

Record December at McDonald's UK

McDonald's UK posted record sales of more than £200m in December, despite the snow. The fast-food giant said its UK like-for-like sales were higher than the 3.4 per cent growth it delivered across Europe in the three months to 31 December.

Doctors want statins served with fast food

Customers of fast food restaurants could be offered a free statin along with the burger, salt and ketchup, to mitigate the meal's damaging effects on the heart, doctors suggest.

Food Standards Agency abolished

The food Standards Agency (FSA) will be abolished today by the Government. Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, will confirm the consumer watchdog is being scrapped when he sets out plans to overhaul the NHS.

Judge bans fast food outlet near school

A controversial planning permission which allowed a fast food takeaway to be set up near a school with a "healthy eating" policy was quashed by the High Court today.

A triple helping of American fast food

Three major US restaurant chains are launching in the UK, but do British consumers have the appetite?

Taco Bell picks Essex for launch of first UK site

Taco Bell, the US-based Mexican restaurant giant, is to launch its first UK outlet in Essex next month. The chain, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, which also operates Pizza Hut and KFC, will use a franchise model in the UK and target the value end of the market. Items on its menu will start at 79p.

McDonald's serves up record-breaking year

The UK was McDonald's best performing major market last year as consumers were drawn to its value meals in the recession, the firm said today.

Nurseries feeding children on junk food that costs 25p a meal

'Undercover mums' to pose as prospective parents and report back on catering

Chaucer's London, By AR Myers

Though "a place of dirt and violence", 14th-century London had "not yet lost a sense of community". Myers's lively panorama includes the fashionable shopping centre and take-away food joints. Wrongdoing also has a timeless quality.

Woman raped in McDonalds toilet, court told

A woman was allegedly raped at knifepoint by her former partner in the toilets of a fast food restaurant in Belfast city centre, the High Court has heard.

Britons defy the downturn to eat out – at McDonald's

The fast-food giant McDonald's delivered soaring sales in the UK after a "flight to value" sent customers flocking into its stores to eat Big Macs.

Leading article: Turkey Twizzled

For a generation whose palates were educated on Turkey Twizzlers, school meals will never be the same again. From this week, every school canteen option must be a healthy one. Even if you choose pizza every day, it will be a more nutritious version, not the pizza of the past.

Martin Hickman: Calorie counts (what took so long?)

The Food Standards Agency announces today that 18 fast food, restaurant and canteen companies are to display calories counts:

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