Three years after FDA’s final rule on menu labeling was published, the compliance date for the rule finally went into effect on May 7. The federal menu labeling rule requires that calorie information—which is already included on most packaged foods—must be posted on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants.
The menu labeling requirements apply to retail food establishments that are part of chains with 20 or more locations. “Covered establishments” must post the following on menus and menu boards:
- The number of calories contained in standard menu items
- The statement: “2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.”
- The statement: “Additional nutrition information available upon request.”