The Food and Drug Administration brings good news for people who prefer to remain ignorant about their calorie intake when they go to out to eat, while people who hoped to be able to know exactly what goes on behind diners’ closed kitchen doors will have to wait a while longer.
And the reason why you’ll have to whistle on it some more before you can be fully confident in what you order is because the FDA was put under a load of pressure by hundreds of thousands of major and small businesses all across the country. Cracking under the pressure, the agency agreed to extend the deadline for 2016.
The controversial FDA ruling says that a new law will be adopted forcing all of America’s grocery stores, restaurants, and movie theatres to make the calorie content public of all the food products they sell.
At first, the law was to be enforced starting December this year, but this deadline was apparently not far enough for the industry to either make the necessary changes in the food it offers or to make sure they would provide accurate calorie listings.
Michael Taylor, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, explained the delay by saying that more time is needed for the agency to be able to offer help and assistance so all businesses will comply with the new requirements.
Both Congress and major industry players have insisted with the FDA that there isn’t enough time and the rules are not clear enough.
There was a general confusion as to which food items needed to be presented with calorie count in the menus, so a new December 2016 deadline was set. The FDA also reported it will provide more comprehensive guidelines with simpler instructions for all businesses to get it right.
Many restaurants and fast food companies have already played by the rules and had their own calorie-counts ready to go, but there are still plenty of industry brands that are doing all they can to avoiding any revelations. (Yes, I’m looking at you, Domino’s Pizza – stop insisting that your clients normally order by phone and get those nasty calories down in your menu!)
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