Health-conscious customers know that many restaurants post their nutrition facts online or in brochures that are available on request, but beginning in March 2011, any restaurant with 20 or more locations in the U.S. will be required by law to post calorie counts on their menus.
The new regulation is part of the federal health-care reform bill, and drafts were released on Tuesday. Some of the specifications include that calorie counts be posted prominently on menus and menu boards (the font must be at least the size of the item’s name and price), and it also extends to vending machine operators with 20 or more machines.
The rules won’t be enforced until next spring to give restaurants time to make changes and adjust to the new rules. We’d like to think that calorie counts posted next to meals will persuade customers to make better choices; do you see a low-cal Big Mac in our future?
via TIME Magazine