SILVER SPRING, MD -- The Food and Drug Administration is inviting the public to submit comments to guide it in drafting the regulations needed to implement a new federal law requiring display of calorie content and other nutrition information in chain restaurants and on vending machines.
Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010, requires restaurants and retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations to list calorie content information on menus and menu boards. It also requires vending operators who own 20 or more machines to disclose the calorie contents of the items they sell.
The FDA is required by law to issue proposed regulations to carry out the provisions by March 23, 2011.
Prior to the new law, federal law required nutrition labeling on many packaged foods, and some state and local governments mandated such labeling by restaurants under their jurisdictions.
The FDA is inviting members of the food industry, state and local governments, consumers and other interested parties to offer comments and suggestions about menu labeling in docket No. FDA-2010-N-0298 at regulations.gov. The docket, which officially opened for comments on July 7, will remain open for 60 days.
To submit comments electronically, choose "submit a comment" from the top task bar, enter docket No. FDA-2010-N-0298 in the keyword space and select "search."
Comments can be submitted by mail to: The Division of Dockets Management, HFA-305, Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.