After ten years of battling at the local, state, and national level, calorie counts are at long last coming to all national chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, and movie theaters.  Final rules announced today by the Food and Drug Administration will require calories on menus at chains with 20 or more outlets in December 2015.

Thank you for helping us achieve this historic victory for public health and consumer choice.  Without your support, victories like this are not possible.

The movement to put calories on restaurant and other menus began right here at CSPI in 2003!  CSPI led the national effort for menu-labeling laws including policies in New York City, California, Philadelphia, Seattle, and 15 other cities and states… and built support in Congress for the idea.  By the time menu labeling requirements were included in the Affordable Care Act, even many major restaurant chains supported the idea!

Calorie labeling at restaurants will allow people to decide for themselves how many calories to consume when dining out.  And, it’s already spurring restaurants to innovate and offer consumers a wider range of healthy options.

However, our work is not done.  Big pizza delivery chains, supermarkets, and other Big Food lobbyists are already working with their allies in Congress to carve out special exemptions for themselves.   Please celebrate and preserve today’s victory by contributing a special tax-deductible gift of $20, $50, or even $100 right now.

Thanks again for your ongoing support.


Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.
Director, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest