As soon as next year, consumers will see the calorie content of food on the menu at any chain restaurant, prepared foods section at the supermarket or even movie theater.
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Companies have until November 2015 to add the calorie information“clearly and conspicuously” to any menus, menu boards and displays in order to comply with the labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration.
The new regulations are intended to encourage people to think twice before consuming a high-calorie cheeseburger and fries. And, as a result, restaurants will be motivated to make their food healthier to keep calorie counts down.
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“Americans eat and drink about one-third of calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume,” FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said to the Associated Press. The effort is just one way Americans can combat obesity, she added.
For more information, read the full article by Associated Press reporter Mary Clare Jalonick this post summarizes.