The Food Standards Agency has praised food services giants Brakes and 3663 for their progress in providing healthier meals for UK workers.

The body yesterday said a series of commitments made by the groups in January had led to significant improvements in the quality of 1.5 million meals served in the workplace.

The measures included reducing the amount of salt, sugar and fat in many meals, providing training on healthier cooking for kitchen staff and rolling out healthy-eating programmes at a number of additional workplaces.

Several additional steps have now been set out, including training more staff, widening the range of healthier recipes on offer and continuing to review the ingredients used.

The FSA also singled out catering groups Aramark, Compass, BaxterStorey, Elior and Sodexo for adopting similar measures.