Although you might already be aware of the 520 calories in a Orange Mocha Frappucino thanks to existing laws in your city or state, the FDA recently mandated that calorie counts are to be posted at all chains nationwide by the end of 2015. Thankfully, a new ruling has postponed the deadline until next year. Race ya to Outback Steakhouse!
The rule not only applies to chains with 20 or more locations but also to vending machines, movie theaters, amusement parks, and salad bars in grocery stores. This includes alcohol, too: Beer and wine would have to list their nutritional information, although cocktails would not be required to divulge their liquid calories.
The FDA changed the date of compliance in order to give restaurants more time to redesign their menus and roll out the changes across hundreds or thousands of locations (and perhaps potentially exorcise some of the more frightening, calorie-intense dishes?). But supporters of the ruling are worried that the delay will only give opponents more opportunities to fight the FDA’s mandate—lobbyist groups like the American Pizza Community want calorie counts to only be posted online.
December 1, 2016 is the new Judgment Day, so I hope that will turn November 30 into a kind of “Binge and Purge” night where everyone spends hours at their local Chili’s drinking queso by the pitcher. More importantly, what is this American Pizza Community and where do I sign up to become a member?
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