Restaurants may be asked to display nutritional information on their menus as part of the Food Standards Agency's drive to encourage healthy eating.

The FSA cited research which showed more than 80% of consumers would like to see nutritional information displayed where they order food.

"There is no reason why I shouldn't see the same information, perhaps presented in a different way, when I eat out of home as when I shop for food in a supermarket," said FSA chief executive Tim Smith.

The FSA said its recommendations were unlikely to be based on traffic light and GDA approaches .