For all chain restaurants, movie theaters, and several retailers with 20 or more locations – and that serve or sell prepared foods to customers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires them to display calorie labels on the menus and menu boards.

In addition to calorie information displayed on the menus and menu boards, the FDA requires the following items to be included in the displayed labels. The sample of information to be included are –

— Menu items at chain restaurants, including drive-through and takeout boards.

— Drinks on menus, and soda dispensers.

— Some alcoholic beverages on menus.

— Most prepared foods in supermarkets, convenience stores.

— Concessions at movie theaters, amusement parks that are part of larger chains.

— Displays of food, such as pastries, at coffee chains like Starbucks.

— Food prepared on site at large retail outlets, such as Target and Costco.

In addition to displayed calorie information on labels, businesses are not mandated to display the following information –

— Menu items at independent restaurants with fewer than 20 outlets.

— Seasonal or daily specials at chain restaurants.

— Anything that isn’t on a menu at a chain restaurant, such as a bread basket or drinks at the bar.

— Food on airplanes, trains.

— Food on food trucks.

— Deli meats, cheeses and bulk salads at grocery stores.

The above sample will guide chain restaurants, and movie theaters and other retailers with 20 network locations into including the stated additional information alongside calorie information in their labels.

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