When the Affordable Care Act of 2010 passed the FDA mandated disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items inside certain restaurants and retail food establishments by December of 2015. The requirement is for any restaurant chain of 20 locations or more doing business under the same name and offering similar items to provide calorie content and other nutritional information for standard menu items, food on display and self-service food. Providing accurate, clear nutrition information in food establishments will make information direct and accessible for consumers to make informed and healthy dietary choices. The question is whether or not this will impact food establishments preparation of food and consumers decisions to make healthier choices.
The FDA has since extended the compliance date till May 7, 2018 to better understand the food establishments' regulatory burden to determine more flexibility for: a) calorie disclosure signage for self-service foods, including buffets and grab-and-go foods; (b) methods for providing calorie disclosure information other than on the menu itself; and (c) criteria for distinguishing between menus and other information presented to the consumer. The comments are open for 60 days.
The FDA invites others to participate and we have you covered in that area. In our experience customers gain trust in an establishment when they're vulnerable enough to put calories on the menu and/or at least have the information available upon request.
So what do you think about having Nutrition Information available on your menu or as a consumer would you like to see it available? We would love your feedback.
Till next time have a great week!