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Menu Labeling Requirements for Chain Restaurants and Vending Machines

Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required restaurants with 20 or more locations nationally to add calorie counts to menus, menu boards and drive-thru menu boards for standard menu items. The law also requires that chain restaurants provide additional nutritional information upon request and requires vending machine operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie content for certain items.

The law is enforceable upon adoption of final federal regulations. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft regulations for the implementation of the menu and vending machine labeling requirements. The draft regulations may be viewed on the FDA website.

The Department of Public Health will be the local enforcement agency for the Menu Labeling requirements; however, the Department does not intend to initiate enforcement activities until the final FDA regulations are adopted.