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Calorie Custom Food Labels on Menus May Have to Wait

FDA Head Says Rules for Custom Food Labels May Be Delayed

Every food that a consumer purchases comes fit with nutritional information on custom food labels. However, there is one notable exception to the rule: food ordered at restaurants. Eateries were not previously required to display nutritional labels for menu items, but the Affordable Care Act of 2010 changed all that.

However, implementing that healthcare reform stipulation has proved to be a pain for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which recently admitted developing rules for the label change and preparing establishments to comply has "gotten extremely thorny."

Some Look For Exception to Food Product Labels Mandate
Speaking with The Associated Press on the subject of food product labels, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the process of enactment has been slowed down by "voices [on] both the consumer and public health side and on the industry side." Hamburg also voiced concern that the calorie label requirement would not be practical in some cases, creating challenges for the agency and businesses.

Under the rule, restaurant chains with more than 20 locations would have to display food labels on menus, as would supermarkets and convenience stores that sell prepared food, although the latter category has reportedly bristled against having to comply with the regulation.