Restaurants Want More Leeway in How They Post Calorie Counts

The restaurant industry has asked the federal government to tone down and delay some of its proposed rules for displaying calorie counts on menus. The industry wants the Food and Drug Administration, which is developing the rules, to allow a variety of approaches for letting consumers know how many calories are in the food they are considering buying. For example, said Dan Roehl, lobbyist for the National Restaurant Assn., the current proposed rules would require pizza chains to post the calories for an entire pizza. Roehl said the restaurants should instead be able to post the calories by how much are in a portion – in this case, a slice.

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