May 7, 2018, was the compliance date for federal menu-labeling standards for restaurants and similar retail food establishments. Consumers will now have access to calorie and nutrition information in certain chain establishments covered by the rule.

These menu-labeling regulations, passed as part of the 2010 health care law, require restaurants and foodservice businesses with 20 or more locations operating under the same name and serving substantially the same menu items to post calorie information for standard menu items. Calorie counts must be included on menus, menu boards and drive-thru displays with additional nutritional information available upon request. The regulations are voluntary for restaurants that have fewer than 20 locations.

Click here for more NRA resources on menu-labeling.

Click here to download menu-labeling guidance documents from the FDA.

This information was provided by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

There are new federal menu labeling requirements for restaurants.