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New Restaurant Nutrition Label Regulations

restaurantplateoffood.jpgIf you love to go out to eat, whether in a sit-down restaurant or grabbing a quick meal through your favorite fast food drive-through lane, you should be aware that there are changes planned to the information presented on restaurant menus.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, signed into law on March 23, 2010, includes a section that requires most restaurants and vending machine operators (those with at least twenty establishment locations) to disclose nutrition information such as calorie content on restaurant menus and menu boards, including drive-through menu screens. This new section amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration enforces the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The agency has recently published a Federal Register notice and request for public comments regarding ways to implement the new regulations, which must be carried out no later than March 23, 2011. The FDA has a page describing the different ways public comments can be submitted, including submitting petitions directly to the FDA or submitting online through Regulations.gov. You can submit your comments until September 7th, 2010.

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