The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finalizing requirements for providing certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments, to implement the menu labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act). The Affordable Care Act, in part, amended the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), among other things, to require restaurants and similar retail food establishments (R/SRFE) that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items, to provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items, including food on display and self-service food. Under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, restaurants and similar retail food establishments not otherwise covered by the law may elect to become subject to the Federal requirements by registering every other year with the FDA. The analysis of benefits and costs included in this document is the basis for the summary analysis included in the Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments final rule.
Federal Register: 79 FR 71155, December 1, 2014