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Friday, June 24, 2011

FDA Restaurant Labeling Regulations

   June 6, 2011 was the last day for public comments on Section 4205 of H.R. 3590 which mandated that restaurants and food vendors with 20 or more locations must disclose calorie information and make other nutrient composition data available to consumers.  This will become a great tool for restaurant go-ers to be able to calculate calorie intake before ordering from the menus at restaurants in hopes of steering them away from a typical 1500 calorie meal and towards a meal that is less than 500 calories.  According to the current FDA Commissioner, nearly 1/3 of Americans daily calories are consumed away from home. This is why this tool will be so useful for Americans.

The end of 2011 will bring the final rules to this regulation.  Look for many restaurants to begin disclosing calorie information so they can be ahead of the game.  Do you think this information will be helpful to you on your journey with health and weight management?


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