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Labeling for

Laura Abshire, Director

Food & Sustainability Policy
Covered Under Regulations
Food establishments
Menu items

Required Information
On menu
Additional written nutrition information

Determination of Nutrient Content

Restaurant Engagement

Covered Food Establishments

Restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are

part of a chain with 20 or more locations that are under the
same name and offer substantially the same menu items
• Quick service restaurants
• Casual dining
• Fine dining

While not required, many independent restaurants with 20 or

fewer locations are voluntarily opting in to menu labeling.

Covered Menu Items
Calorie disclosure is required for all permanent menu items
• Standard menu items • Food on display
• Combination meals • Self-service food/beverages
• Variable meals • Alcohol

Exempt items:
• Daily specials
• Seasonal items (60 days or less)
• Test items (90 days or less)

Required Information
1 Calorie disclosures on menu

Succinct statement
2 “2,000 calories a day is used for
general nutrition advice, but calorie
needs vary.”

Statement of availability

3 “Additional nutrition information

available upon request.”

Additional Written
Nutrition Information
Must include:

• Total calories (cal) • Sodium (mg)

• Total fat (g) • Total carbohydrate (g)
• Saturated fat (g) • Dietary fiber (g)
• Trans fat (g) • Sugars (g)
• Cholesterol (mg) • Protein (g)

Determination of
Nutrient Content

Restaurants must have a “reasonable basis” for nutrient

information, which may include:
• Nutrient databases
• Laboratory analyses
• Nutrition Facts labels
• Cookbooks
• Expert calculations (e.g. Registered Dietitians)

Restaurant Compliance

Restaurants are actively working to comply with the

requirements and the association is helping by:

• Hosting educational webinars and developing materials

• Convening best practice panel at our nutrition conference
• Directing them to FDA resources
• Answering and asking outstanding questions through the
FDA email portal
• Connecting with FDA regularly to share industry progress
and best practices
• Connecting with consumer groups and health groups to
promote communication

Laura Abshire