Friday, April 16, 2010

Fast Food Calorie Labeling

The Slow Food USA Blog

"Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into law. Tucked away inside the massive piece of legislation, there is provision requiring chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets in the United States to list calorie counts on menus, menu boards, and drive-through displays. The law, which affects over 200,000 U.S. restaurants, also applies to vending machines.

The Food and Drug Administration will create standards for the labeling, which should come into full effect within the next few years."

(I looked it up, in the new law, find it under Division C, Title V, Subtitle C, Part 1, Section 2572)

Too little, too late, and in the wrong place?? (It doesn't address healthy calories, the implementation is years away, and the new law is being hotly contested.)


  1. Thanks for posting this, you're right it's way too little too late. Have you seen the Food, Inc. movie? It goes into some detail of how the powerful food industries fight tooth and nail any kind of regulation such as country of origination for meat, this calorie labeling, cloned foods, etc. An excellent film, worth catching... (I found your blog by doing a search to see if flax flowers are edible, as apparently they are. I'm planning on getting rid of my front lawn and replacing with an edible flower garden!)

  2. Good for you (edible lawn)! And, yes I've seen the movie, along with several similar titles. Scary what "they" can do. Thanks for stopping by!


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