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FDA Menu Label Rules

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.

In 2015 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized regulations for the implementation of the menu and vending machine labeling requirements. The FDA has extended the compliance deadline to December 2016.