New FDA Regulations to Require Calorie Count Disclosure
Airports and Movie Theaters to Disclose Nutritional Information
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced sweeping new rules on Tuesday that mandate the prominent posting of calorie counts on menus.
The regulations will affect travelers by requiring many food establishments commonly found in airports and hotels, including sit-down and fast-food restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops, as well as take-out and delivery items such as pizza, to disclose the caloric content. The rules also extend to self-service establishments such as salad bars.
“Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, in unveiling the new regulations. This kind of menu labeling became law in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act but its implementation was delayed in part due to opposition by pizza parlors and movie theaters.
The new rules cover movie theaters snacks including popcorn, and will go into effect one year from now. Vending machines will be covered following a one-year grace period.
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