FDA proposes calorie counts on menus
BY MARY CLARE JALONICK (Associated Press)
Originally Published: Saturday, April 02, 2011
Updated: Saturday, April 02, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — It could get harder to indulge in a double cheeseburger and fries without feeling guilty.
Menu labeling requirements proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, along with bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and coffee chains, to clearly post the calorie count for each item on their menus.
"We've got a huge obesity problem in this country and it's due in part to excess calorie consumption outside the home," says Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods. "Consumers generally when you ask them say they would prefer to have that information."
The new rules will apply to menus, both in restaurants and drive-through lanes. They will also apply to vending machines if calorie information isn't already visible on the package.
The calorie counts will apply to an estimated 280,000 establishments and could be on menus by 2012. Required as part of health overhaul legislation signed into law last year, they are designed to give restaurant diners information that has long been available on packaged goods cooked at home. The FDA estimates that a third of calories are consumed by eating out.
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I'd love this but it may cause restaurants to lose business...what do you think?
We have had it in Canada for years, no one loses business. Most people ignore it
"FDA proposes calorie counts on menus".
Fairly ridiculous. Most people can't count.
Maybe restaurants should be required to post warnings on their menus like cig packages. 'The Rib-eye steak may cause heart disease'.
Now that's what we need! Another govt regulation forcing business to provide something that no one wants or will use.
I wonder if they really think anyone will read the things or use them for healthy eating if they do? Can they be that stupid?
But sometimes it would be good to know hom many calories these foods have.
If a person wants to watch their calorie intake, then it's their choice. Forcing a company to display something on their menus, forces the company to spend money on ridiculous things. That money spent will most certain be passed on to the consumer, in price increases. The company isn't going to shrink it's profits, because government wants to control citizens.
Those people who it matters to, already know ahead of time, what they are putting into their body. The rest, just enjoy eating the food.
If someone gets overweight, then the responsibility to get back to a healthy weight for themselves, remains with and on them. If they choose to ignore their responsibility to themselves, then that is their choice.
Just my thoughts.
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