On Dec. 1, 2015, menu boards will have to be updated to include calorie counts for meals and individual items in order to comply with Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. According to registered dietitian Judy Barbe and the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC), the law applies to the following restaurants and retail food establishments.
1. Part of a chain with 20 or more locations,
2. Doing business under the same name,
3. Offering substantially the same menu items, and
4. Selling “restaurant type food,” which means food that is usually eaten on the premises, foods that are self-serve and intended for immediate consumption.
In order to help people better understand the law and its regulations, the NAC is hosting a menu labeling webinar with the Food and Drug Administration’s General Health Scientist Claudine Kavanaugh, PhD, on Thursday, May 28, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (EST).
Please visit the NAC website to learn more about the upcoming law and to learn three ways to prepare for any “gotcha” stories.