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Monday, March 2, 2015

Menu Labeling Coming to Restaurants

Menu Labeling Coming to Restaurants
Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home. Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.

This menu labeling law applies to all chains with 20 or more locations operating under the same name.  These establishments will provide consumers with clear and consistent nutrition information in a direct and accessible manner for standard items on menus and menu boards.  Information will be available for calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, and sugars.

Examples of restaurant-type foods that are covered when sold by a facility that is part of a chain with 20 or more locations include:
Meals from sit-down restaurants
Foods purchased at drive-through windows
Take-out food 
Deli sandwiches, salad, or hot bar items
Bakery or coffee shop
Ice cream shop desserts
Hot dogs at a convenience store, and
Certain alcoholic beverages 

This information will fill critical gap and help consumers make informed and healthful dietary choices.


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