Hospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food under new measures being announced by the health secretary.
The new standards, enforced through legally-binding NHS contracts, will focus on quality, choice and promoting a healthy diet for patients and staff.
Hospitals will also be ranked on the meals they prepare.
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food said the changes were “woefully inadequate” and hard to enforce.
NHS hospitals in Scotland and Wales have nutritional standards in place.
Under the changes, hospitals will be ranked according to quality and choice of food, whether the menu is approved by a dietitian, the availability of fresh fruit and food between meals, the variety of options at breakfast - which should include warm food, and the cost of the food provided.
The rankings will be published on the NHS Choices website.
Read more at BBC Health.