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New FDA Rules Will Freak Restaurants Into Swapping Fries for Fruit

A Burger King in Peoria, Illinois
A Burger King in Peoria, IllinoisPhotograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

New labeling requirements for ready-to-eat food mean you’ll soon see how many calories are in everything from movie theater popcorn to sugary cocktails. The Food and Drug Administration unveiled long-awaited rules today that require restaurants, grocery deli counters, convenience stores, and other outlets with more than 20 locations to post calories counts on their menus.

“This initiative is really all about trying to provide consumers with information that they can use to make more informed food choices for themselves and for their families,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in an announcement of the new regulations.