National Consumers League

NCL welcomes calorie count law going into effect today

May 7, 2018

Contact: NCL Communications, Carol McKay, carolm@nclnet.org, (202) 207-2831

Washington, DC - The National Consumers League welcomes the implementation of an overdue FDA rule on calorie counts on restaurant menus which takes effect today. Consumers will now receive the information they both need and want when making food choices at restaurants and other food retail establishments.

Last year, the National Consumers League and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, represented jointly by EarthJustice, initiated legal proceedings in federal court to ensure the FDA implemented the menu labeling rule in a timely manner.

NCL joins CSPI in welcoming this development and expresses appreciation for FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb‘s leadership in safeguarding consumers’ access to nutrition information. We look forward to working with the FDA to ensure that consumers are made fully aware of the benefits of increased knowledge and choice.

Caloric information will be mandatory on restaurant menus and menu boards, as well as food products in chain restaurants, supermarkets, convince stores, and movie theaters. will also now be required on most vending machines throughout the country, amounting to 5 to 6 million machines.

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