Restaurant menus now likely to contain calorie counts by 2018

August 28, 2017

The Affordable Care Act is intact, Bill de Blasio is on hold, and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is on board.

That means big restaurants’ menus might yet be required to include calorie counts under federal regulations.

Let’s take these developments one at a time.

Legal authority for menu labeling rests in that much-maligned but politically durable Affordable Care Act. Otherwise known as Obamacare, the ACA survived the congressional chopping block this past spring and summer.

With FDA in a holding pattern for a year on enforcement of the regulations that are ready to go, it was conceivable federally mandated menu labeling would go