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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Do Calorie Counts Matter?

In a provocative piece, Nicholas Bagley questions whether the new calorie count rules will help in the effort to reduce obesity in the United States.  A provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 4205) requires chain restaurants to post calorie counts for the foods they sell, and FDA will be issuing its proposed rules shortly.

The provision also applies to “similar retail food establishments,” that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations, and movie theaters are concerned that FDA will apply its rule to movie theater concession stands. 


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