FDA Rolls Out ObamaCare Menu Regs

The Food and Drug Administration will require restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations to list the total number of calories in foods and drinks they sell, the agency is expected to announce Tuesday.

The menu labeling requirements, which come from a provision of ObamaCare, will be expanded to include entertainment venues like movie theaters, sports stadiums, amusement parks, bowling alleys and miniature golf courses that serve prepared foods.

Vending machines will also face new calorie labeling requirements.

“Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters in a press call. “Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”

The FDA is finalizing the rules more than three years after they were originally proposed.

The rules would apply to the prepared foods sold by chain restaurants and stores that have 20 or more locations. They go into effect in one year for these stores, and two years for vending machines.