Restaurant Calorie Count Deadline: May 2017

Restaurant Calorie Count Deadline: May 2017


I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’ shealth news.
New federal guidelines will soon be enacted. Restaurant owners will be required to post
food calorie counts for all food sold as of May 5, 2017. Chain restaurants must comply
with this new guideline due to a national calorie disclosure rule within the Affordable
Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare. This new rule is intended to inform consumers
in hopes of helping the American people manage their weight. Information is empowering and
at this time one-third of calories are consumed away from the home. The new regulation requires
restaurants with 20 or more established retail spaces to display calories on their menu boards
and menus. This regulation also includes vending machines with 20 or more operating units.
Originally, chain restaurants were required to meet these new regulations by Dec. 1, 2015.
However, the FDA postponed the deadline until May 5, 2017 so final tweaks can be made. For
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