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NewsBites September 2015 Issue

Chain-Restaurant Calorie Counts Delayed

Responding to pleas from the restaurant industry, the US Food and Drug Administration pushed back its deadline for chain eateries and other food outlets to post calorie counts on their menus. The delay, to Dec. 1, 2016, gives restaurants with 20 or more locations, movie theaters, vending-machine firms, amusement parks and supermarkets with takeout food an extra year to comply. Pizza parlors had been especially vocal against the rule. Even some supporters cited the lack of a key guidance document from the FDA, with less than six months to go, as necessitating a delay. Others, however, said the extension only gives the restaurant industry more time to lobby against the rule ever going into effect. (For tips on healthy eating out, see this issue’s special pull-out supplement.)

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