FDA Unveils National Calorie Labeling Rules So You Can Now Feel Super Guilty About That Second Margarita

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The new standards will affect everything from chain restaurants to movie theaters. Also, booze.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new guidelines on Tuesday that will require a sweeping array of establishments and services to provide clearly labeled calorie counts on food and beverages.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new guidelines on Tuesday that will require a sweeping array of establishments and services to provide clearly labeled calorie counts on food and beverages.

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FDA has issued two final rules requiring that calories be listed on certain menus in chain restaurants and other places selling restaurant-type food and on certain vending machines. …

The menu labeling rules take effect in one year for restaurants, and apply to restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations and that are doing business under the same name; offer basically the same menu items; and sell “restaurant-type” food.

Via fda.gov

Among the new regulation targets that fall under the criteria of “20 or more locations and that are doing business under the same name”: grocery store salad bars, drive through food, movie theater concessions, and cocktails that appear on menus.

Among the new regulation targets that fall under the criteria of "20 or more locations and that are doing business under the same name": grocery store salad bars, drive through food, movie theater concessions, and cocktails that appear on menus.

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