FDA head says menu labeling ‘thorny’ issue

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most
restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines.

The
head of the Food and Drug Administration says writing a new menu
labeling law “has gotten extremely thorny” as the agency tries to figure
out who should be covered by it.

The 2010 health care law charged
the FDA with requiring restaurants and other establishments that serve
food to put calorie counts on menus and in vending machines. The agency
issued a proposed rule in 2011, but the final rules have since been
delayed as some non-restaurant establishments have lobbied hard to be
exempt.

The FDA has said the rules may come out this spring, but the agency may not meet that deadline.

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