The Food And Drug Administration

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Introduction Policy Overview As the United States seeks a resolution for its epidemic of obesity and a means of reducing healthcare spending, lawmakers have promoted as a step forward required calorie labeling on restaurant menus. Such legislation passed as a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and will be in effect as of December 1, 2016. On December 1, 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration released a Final Rule clarifying the requirements, which include easy-to-see calorie counts for all “standard menu items,” as well as the inclusion of statements communicating the average daily intake of 2,000 calories and informing consumers that more detailed nutritional information can be obtained by request…show more content…
Policy Context The Federal government has remained silent on the subject of food labeling since passing the Labeling and Education Act of 1990, which introduced the now-familiar nutrition label and serving size information found on the majority of packaged foods. That legislation, however, purposefully excluded businesses selling ready-to-eat food. Despite years of federal silence, this FDA-required menu-labeling rule is not the first of its kind. In 2007, New York City mandated that chain restaurants provide consumers with product calorie counts. Menu labeling has also taken root in other parts of the country. In the interest of national, industry-wide consistency, the National Restaurant Association is in support of the FDA’s new requirement (Goldman, 2015). Thesis Statement While it is possible that the decisions of many diners may not be influenced by menu-labeling, and while there is financial cost associated with the implementation of nutrition analysis and menu-labeling, I believe the availability of information will empower consumers to make healthier decisions when eating out and I believe that the improvement in health of even a minority is worth the effort. Economic Environment Health in the United States United States spending on healthcare amounted to $2.9 trillion in 2013. This cost breaks down to $9,255 per person
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