FDA Issues New Rules on Food Labeling

The FDA now requires calorie information to be included on menus of restaurants, chain, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations.

Monday, December 1, 2014

From a statement issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) US:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States has finalized two regulations requiring the inclusion of calorie information on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations, in order to offer consumers greater nutritional information on food eaten outside of the home. The regulations are a requirement of the law on Affordable Health Care and Patient Protection 2010.

"The people in the United States eat and drink around a third of their calories outside of the home and people today expect to receive clear information about the products they consume," said Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, Commissioner of the FDA. "Making available information about calories on menus in chain restaurants and vending machines is an important step for public health, which will help consumers to make informed choices for themselves and their families. "

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