The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given restaurants more time to comply with new healthcare stipulations that require calorie and nutritional information to be displayed prominently on menus.

The rules go into effect in March 2011, but the agency announced Tuesday that it will delay enforcement so companies could have more time to make the changes, according to Reuters.

The amount of extra time allotted was not disclosed.

The healthcare law, passed in March, requires calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus, menu boards, and drive-thru displays, as well as on vending machines.

The legislation applies to chains with 20 or more outlets, and requires them to provide additional nutrition information on request.
 
Similar measures are already in effect or are awaiting implementation in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, New York City, Philadelphia, and a dozen other localities. The federal standard will preempt state or local laws regarding chains with 20 or more locations.
 
The menu labeling bill exempts small businesses and does not apply to daily or temporary specials and customized orders.

 

Related Content

User Comments – Give us your opinion!
Products & Services

Call Center Ordering

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/5939.png

5939/Call-Center-Ordering

Mobile Ordering

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/5933.png

5933/Mobile-Ordering

PeopleMatter SCHEDULE™

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/4628.png

4628/PeopleMatter-SCHEDULE

Custom Digital Signage Templates

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6683.png

6683/Custom-Digital-Signage-Templates

Cured Meats

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6791.png

6791/Cured-Meats

Nationwide Criminal Records

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/Criminal_Search_iix.gif

1427/Nationwide-Criminal-Records

Pepperoni

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6787.png

6787/Pepperoni

Distribution RFP’s & RFQ’s

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6411.png

6411/Distribution-RFP-s-RFQ-s

Customized Menu Board Content

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/6689.png

6689/Customized-Menu-Board-Content

See the latest in restaurant POS

http://global.networldalliance.com/new/images/products/1926.png

1926/See-the-latest-in-restaurant-POS

Digital Menu Boards and ROI
Fast Casual Executive Summit
Request Information From Suppliers
Save time looking for suppliers. Complete this form to submit a Request for Information to our entire network of partners.