The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines.
This is a significant act and will go a long way in helping your employees and their families make wiser choices when they eat out or use your company vending machine. We know that transparency changes behavior!
Menu labeling final rule: Applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, offering for sale substantially the same menu items and offering for sale restaurant-type foods. Restaurants have one year from the regulation publication date to comply.
Vending machine final rule: Requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, subject to certain exemptions. Companies have 2 years from the regulation publication date to comply
What can you do? Consider implementing similar changes in your snack bar, cafeteria, or vending machines even if the regulations don't apply to you. There is a new norm now, and you can use the new regulations as the basis for wanting to offer your employees the same benefits of knowing calorie counts as when they eat out! If the regulations do apply to your worksite food and vending suppliers, be sure that they comply and THANK THEM for making this important health information available to your employees!
Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home. Making calorie information available will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.
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