Saturday, April 2, 2011

Medical News: FDA Sets Rules for Vending Machine Calorie Info - in Public Health & Policy, Public Health from MedPage Today

Chain restaurants, vending machines, and convenience stores would all have to prominently display the calorie counts of their foods under two proposed rules released by the FDA Friday.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated that vending machines and food establishments with 20 or more locations -- which includes fast-food restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and certain grocery and convenience stores -- display the calorie counts of their food items. The new rules would implement that portion of the law.

Establishments whose primary purpose is not to sell food -- such as movie theaters and bowling alleys -- would not be subject to the law, meaning giant tubs of buttery popcorn and pizzas and nachos wouldn't have to carry a calorie-count label.

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