Restaurants to be required to list calorie count on menus

FDA's goal is to help people make smarter choices about the food they eat

In this July 18, 2008 file photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Ou, File)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Food and Drug Administration is giving restaurants an extra year to add calorie counts to their menus.

Not only restaurants will list calories, but movie theaters and salad bars.

The FDA is giving more time to clarify their guidelines, and make sure businesses are complying.

22News registered dietitian Nancy Dell said, “I do think people will offer more low-calorie items, and I think the consumer can ask for that as well. I think that people will want to meet that need.

Food establishments will have until December 2016 to add calorie counts to their menus.

The FDA’s goal is to help people make smarter choices about the food they eat.

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