“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines.
- Menu labeling final rule: Applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, offering for sale substantially the same menu items and offering for sale restaurant-type foods.
- Vending machine final rule: Requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, subject to certain exemptions.
Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home. Making calorie information available will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.
Understanding the Labeling Requirements
- Overview of FDA Labeling Requirements for Restaurants, Similar Retail Food Establishments and Vending Machines
- Questions and Answers on Menu and Vending Machines Nutrition Labeling Requirements
- Infographic: Calories Now on the Menu
- Consumer Update: How Many Calories? Look at the Menu
- Blog: Providing Consumers More Information with Menu and Vending Labeling