New FDA rule on menu and vending machine calorie labeling

The FDA has finalized a new rule on compulsory menu and vending machine calorie labeling. The law provides that restaurants and other food establishments as well as vending machine clearly and conspicuously display calorie information of items sold next to the name and the price of the respective product. Similarly, they have to include a statement on the recommended maximum calorie intake to facilitate the assessment of healthy dietary intake.

“Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. “Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”

Further information can be found here.

Source: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)