Washington, D.C., April 29, 2016 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the final guidance for menu labeling requirements, released today by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). U.S. restaurants now have one year to comply with the requirements:
“When Americans decide to dine out, they need to know what’s in their food. This final guidance will help them make healthy choices, and hopefully, satisfy the restaurant industry’s craving for how to best comply with the 2014 menu labeling requirements. We are pleased that this guidance has been released and that it starts the countdown clock for restaurants to comply within one year.
Americans spend nearly half of their food budget on eating out. Menu labels don’t just advise us of the number of calories in our food, it can also help establish smarter eating habits overall. Providing the calorie count and nutritional content enables consumers to do easy side-by-side comparisons and make healthier food selections when they place their orders. Having this information readily available is critically important because healthy eating can prevent and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease – our nation’s no. 1 and most costly killer.
We encourage any food establishment that hasn’t already completed the necessary work to fulfill these requirements to do so as quickly as possible, so that Americans are equipped to make the food choices that will help them build healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke.”
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