The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidelines this week to help restaurants comply with a new requirement that says companies must provide nutritional labeling on menus.
The rules, which are part of the healthcare bill that was passed in April, go into effect in March 2011 although the FDA said it plans to give these companies additional time to comply with the new regulations.
Organizations ranging from local grocery stories to vending machine companies to established brand restaurants like Red Lobster and the Olive Garden - both of which are owned by Darden Restaurants - will be affected. (Only restaurant companies with 20 or more locations and vending machine companies with 20 or more machines are required to comply, though.)
The Wall Street Journal notes that nutritional labeling is already being practiced in restaurants in California and New York.