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FDA to Require Calorie Counts on Menus

The Food and Drug Administration will require that calorie counts be included on the menus of chain restaurants with more than 20 locations. The new labeling will go into effect a year from now and will also apply to convenience stores and other retail food establishments with 20 or more locations. Pizza chains, due to the variation in toppings available on whole pies, are being given the flexibility to post calorie counts by the slice - and the rules apply to online ordering as well. Calorie labeling became required by law as part of the Affordable Care Act but implementation has been delayed. Health advocates of the new rule say calorie labeling will increase awareness and allow consumers to choose healthier options. Detractors doubt the rule’s effectiveness.

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