Today the FDA announced the long awaited rules requiring chain restaurants to list calorie information on menus and menu boards. The rules, prompted by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, apply to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items.
Covered restaurants are required to clearly and conspicuously display calorie information for standard items on menus and menu boards.
Seasonal and temporary menu items are exempt.
Restaurants will have one year to comply with the new requirements.
Certain alcoholic beverages that are listed on the menu in covered establishments are included, but there is flexibility in how establishments meet this provision.
Covered establishments must now provide, upon consumer request, written nutrition information about total calories, total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, and protein.
Food facilities in entertainment venue chains such as movie theaters and amusement parks will also be required to follow the regulations.
View the full press release by the FDA here. The NYS Restaurant Association will continue to monitor legal analysis of these new regulations and keep you up to date on how they will affect your business.