FDA: Menu Labeling “Extremely Thorny”

WASHINGTON (March 12, 2013)--Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on products dispensed from vending machines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

The head of the FDA says writing the new menu labeling rules "has gotten extremely thorny" as the agency tries to figure out what it should cover.

The 2010 health care law charged the FDA with requiring restaurants and other establishments that serve food to put calorie counts on menus and in vending machines.

The agency issued a proposed rule in 2011, but the final rules have since been delayed as some non-restaurant establishments have lobbied hard to be exempt.

The FDA has said the rules may come out this spring, but the agency may not meet that deadline.

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