April 1, 2011 / 8:59 PM / 6 years ago

UPDATE 1-US FDA proposes menu calorie-count rules

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WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Friday released documents regarding proposed regulations for restaurant companies to include nutrition details on their menus, as part of a healthcare law passed last year.

The regulators proposed that companies owning and operating 20 or more food vending machines would be required to provide calorie information in close proximity to the food item or selection button.

The regulator also proposed that certain restaurants and retail food establishments provide nutrition information for standard menu items, including food on display and self-service dishes.

The rules target restaurants with 20 or more locations, as well as other retail food outlets, and would affect national chains like McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) and Yum Brands Inc (YUM.N), the operator of the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut fast-food chains. (Reporting by Esha Dey; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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