April Deadline Set For FDA To Finalize Calorie Disclosure Rule

Two years after proposing the "Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments" rule, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being given a timetable for final action.

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has set the month of April 2013 as the final action period for implementation of the rule, which encompasses the requirement that vending operators with 20 or more machines will need to post calories counts for the products they sell. The rule was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law on March 23, 2010.

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