Are You in Compliance with New Labeling Guidelines?

 

 

Knowing how many calories are in your food and being able to answer questions related to your food’s nutritional information is an extremely important part of effectively managing your restaurant. As you may or may not be aware, Obama put forth a regulation in the Obamacare act which requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to provide calorie information to all of their customers.

Under this mandate, calorie counts must be in clear view, and under specific guidelines, so that the information provided to the customers is accurate and thorough. Although this demand on calorie information being made visible in restaurants has been repeatedly delayed by the current administration, the public is beginning to desire this kind of information quite regularly anyway.

Why Label?

Calories are a way of measuring energy, and with the increase of health-conscious individuals in America due to obesity awareness being constantly advertised, many Americans are becoming more careful about knowing their calorie intake. Knowing how many calories you consume is the primary factor in preventing weight gain and obesity. Obesity is one of the leading conditions behind a number of health problems in America – such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Having the calorie count conveniently listed on food items eliminates a large amount of guesswork, and can help many people in their efforts to remain at, or achieve, a healthy weight.

Being in the food industry requires a thorough knowledge of the ways your food can affect another persons’ health. Being knowledgeable about the calories in the food you provide is a major way in which you can be well-versed in the foods’ health and safety. Many restaurants are already quite aware of this demand and have undergone the necessary means to provide this information to their customers in a quick and efficient manner.

Making The Change

On top of providing information on potential allergy hazards which may be present in the menu items – there is, quite regularly, calorie information present in hundreds of restaurants across the country. In these restaurants, calorie counts are conveniently labeled to the side of the menu item; calorie counts are also frequently put on the restaurant’s website. And restaurants aren’t the only place being hit with this, either. Vending machines are also becoming subject to this demand. With the trend towards a health-conscious society, it is only a matter of time before calorie lists become the norm – with or without the current push made by Obamacare.

Do Your Part

Are you sure that your restaurant up to date with regulations and labeling guidelines? If not, this is something you need to learn as soon as possible. You can do so via our online Food Safety Management program. Taking this course will not only provide you with this knowledge, it will give you a competitive edge in the food market by providing an education on a host of other food safety topics. People are regularly asking questions about calorie content, and it’s time to know how to answer these questions in an easy and efficient manner under required guidelines.

Having this information present on the menu will eliminate the need to waste time answering the many questions on this matter, and being able to provide calorie counts to the public will provide customers with a sense of security. In doing this, you will be doing your part in the push towards keeping the people in America healthy and aware. Learn this information now and many other food safety essentials by taking our online course, and you can become a knowledgeable and efficient Food Manager who is able to take on the rising demands of consumer health.

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