Last Updated: December 2, 2014
Topic: Menu Labeling
The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized a rule that mandates calorie labeling for "restaurant-type foods" sold in restaurants or similar establishments with 20 or more locations. This menu labeling rule is required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
NCA supports the availability of calorie information for consumer education. On behalf of the confectionery industry, NCA submitted comments to FDA during the proposed rule stage requesting that retail confectionery stores be exempt from the menu labeling rule; however, FDA's final ruling indicates that retail confectionery stores are subject to this rule. There are important details, such as covered display types, in the rule that apply to the confectionery stores. NCA will educate its members on how these requirements might affect their products.