How many of you eat out once in a while, at least once or twice a month? Did you know that eating out provides approximately one-third of the calories in the diets of Americans?
Here’s another question. Would you make different choices when eating out if you had easy-to-use nutritional information provided to you prior to placing your order?
Enter the Restaurant Labeling Law. Going back to March of 2010, the federal government adopted a menu labeling law as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 1, an act which was upheld by the Supreme Court in June of 2012.
This law requires that large chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments, and certain owners and operators of vending machines, post calorie information on their menus or machines, and make other nutrition information available upon request.
The law also restricts what menu labeling laws state and local governments may adopt. Continue reading