FDA Rule Calorie Count On Menu: Most Potent Solution To Combat Epidemic Obesity

Nov 25, 2014 03:43 AM EST | By ABC

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FDA calorie count on menu- Now keeping track of your calorie count won't be a daunting task. FDA rule calorie count on menu obliged each establishment in the U.S. to indicate calorie count of each food whether it is in restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets and convenience stores.

The Food and Drug Administration will announce sweeping rules on Tuesday that has been a long term plan of the state. The FDA rule calorie count on menu is seen as yet the most practical solution to target epidemic obesity.

FDA calorie count on menu will be required to establishments with 20 or more branches as they will be given an allowance until Nov. 2015 to fulfill. Americans eat about a third of their meals outside homes and this has been the main cause of epidemic obesity for the recent years.

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg states that with the new FDA calorie count on menu, people will become aware of what to eat and not, as they become aware of how much calories they are really consuming.

In the FDA calorie count on menu, people will become aware of how much calories is in cheeseburgers, hotdog sandwiches, cakes, pizza and may end up avoiding high calorie foods. All beverages including juices, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will also be in the list.

With its implementation, more Americans see it as the most possible and the best solution to address public health. Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest states that it is the most significant public health nutrition policy passed nationally.

The FDA calorie count on menu spans on fast foods, bars, restaurants, groceries and even vending machines. Some establishments see it as a big challenge as it will take some time for them to comply given the comprehensive work on checking each food's calorie count and cost.

Groceries and convenience stores will be tested and are given time until next year to fulfill the requirements as they serve ready prepared foods.

In 2010 food labeling becomes mandatory. In 2011, the FDA requires supermarkets and convenience stores food labeling, but in 2014 as it was released Tuesday, all establishments including movie theaters are required to abide the FDA calorie count on menu.

Earlier the food labeling that includes the calorie information was long debated among groceries and convenience stores as the cost they will be incurring for the new project will be high, unlike fast foods and restaurants that offer fewer menu.

To address the issue, the Food and Drug Administration excludes foods that are readily prepared and are intended for more than one person. For instance, cheeses and deli meats will not be included.

Through the long debated FDA calorie count on menu, the final regulation except foods served on transportation trains such as airplanes and food trucks.

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