Calories Count: What to Know About New FDA Regulations
Health and nutrition are increasingly important to today’s population. Americans are busy and on the go, which means they’re dining out often. Because of this, the FDA has created new regulations requiring calorie information on chain restaurant menus with 20+ locations.
Chain restaurants with 20 or more locations will be required to provide this calorie information to customers by May 7, 2018.
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FYI: At your physical locations, calories are required to be listed prominently on menus and menu boards, either next to the name or or price of the food/drink. Items on buffets and salad bars will have signs with calories near the food. *Calories are not required to be listed for condiments, daily specials, custom orders, or temporary/seasonal menu items.
In addition to calorie information, restaurants are also required to provide written nutrition information on their menu items, including total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugars, and protein. This information can be displayed on posters, tray liners, signs, counter cards, handouts, booklets, computers, or kiosks.
From the FDA:
To help consumers better understand the new calorie listings in the context of a total daily diet, FDA is also requiring restaurants to include a statement on menus and menu boards reminding consumers that “2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.”
For menus and menu boards targeted to children, FDA is also permitting the statement “1,200 to 1,400 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice for children ages 4 to 8 years and 1,400 to 2,000 calories a day for children ages 9 to 13 years, but calorie needs vary.”
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For additional official FDA information, head to https://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ucm436722.htm