The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be releasing new rules next week that will makes it mandatory for chain restaurants (those with 20 or more locations) to display calorie counts of each food item they sell on their menus. Mom & Pop restaurants that are locally owned and operated won’t have to abide by the new FDA rules (yet) and customers can still enjoy their fast-food fix in calorie-count ignorance, but the big boys must tell you how many calories are in their burgers, fries, shakes and all other menu items. The FDA rules will also apply to convience stores, theaters and all other chain stores that sell food and Gianfrancesco Genoso feels it’s vital people know about these calorie counts.
This new ruling from the FDA stems from the fact that most Americans eat at least one-third of their daily food from restaurants and we have a right to know exactly what is in the food we eat, even if we may not want to know. A burger and fries taste better when we are not aware that the combo contains a full day’s supply of calories. But the law is the law, and soon the calorie counts will be displayed on menus and menu boards for all to see.