Coffee shop chains are to follow Subway’s lead by announcing Food Standards Agency (FSA)-agreed healthy eating commit- ments next year,

Subway unveiled a raft of healthy eating pledges on 20 November, which were developed with, and will be monitored by, the FSA. These included reducing salt in sandwiches by 15% by June 2009 and for more than 75% of sandwiches to meet FSA salt targets by 2010.

The firm will also look at ways of cutting fat and promoting the fact that the option of salad in sandwiches comes at no extra cost to the consumer.

The FSA is now working with UK coffee shop chains on similar commitments, which will be announced in March.

Starbucks and Costa both told British Baker that they were working with the FSA on redu-cing fat and salt content in their food.