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US proposes regulating calorie labelling on menus in chain restaurants

Saturday, April 2nd 2011 - 17:36 UTC
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“Healthier options that can help fight obesity and make us all healthier “Healthier options that can help fight obesity and make us all healthier

The United States Food and Drug Administration, FDA, issued proposals for regulating calorie labelling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, retail food establishments, and vending machines.

“These proposals will ensure that consumers have more information when they make their own food choices,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Giving consumers clear nutritional information makes it easier for them to choose healthier options that can help fight obesity and make us all healthier.”

The menu labelling rule proposed today applies to chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments. Specifically, consumers would see calories listed in restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. Examples of these establishments include fast food establishments, bakeries, coffee shops and certain grocery and convenience stores. Movie theatres, airplanes, bowling alleys, and other establishments whose primary purpose is not to sell food would not be subject to this proposed regulation.

“Americans now consume about one-third of their total calories on foods prepared outside the home,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “While consumers can find calorie and other nutrition information on most packaged foods, it's not generally available in restaurants or similar retail establishments. This proposal is aimed at giving consumers consistent and easy-to-understand nutrition information.”

The Affordable Care Act requires the disclosure of calorie and other nutrition information in certain food establishments and for certain foods sold in vending machines. Additionally, on menus and menu boards, statements would be posted concerning suggested daily calorie intake and indicating that additional nutrition information is available on request. Under the proposal, this information would be displayed clearly and prominently on menus and menu boards, including menu boards in drive-through locations; and for individual foods on display. Consistent with the law, the agency is proposing that the following statement on daily caloric intake be on menus and menu boards to help consumers understand the significance of the calorie information in the context of a total daily diet:

“A 2,000 calorie diet is used as the basis for general nutrition advice; however, individual calorie needs may vary”, said Margaret A. Hamburg.

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  • Fido Dido

    The more they intervene, the worse it gets. I've heared this story for some years, and nothing has changed.

    Apr 02nd, 2011 - 05:58 pm 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    Like labeling will change anything, they'll still eat the same shit.

    They eat like there is no tomorrow and end up completely dependent on meds, heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes.

    If you actually take care of yourself they label YOU a “health-nut”, YOU'RE CRAZY!! You gotta eat MAN FOOD!!

    Yeah! ...right

    Apr 03rd, 2011 - 11:22 am 0
  • GeoffWard

    Local and garden tropical fruits & veg in season, regional nuts and cerials, local beef & chicken, and fresh-caught co-operative fish - supplemented with regionally packed & frozen prawns and Tilapia fillets. 'Exotic' fruit pulp drinks and fresh green coconut 'milk'.

    Mmmmmm, healthy and fat-reducing. Perhaps I will live forever!

    Apr 03rd, 2011 - 02:16 pm 0
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