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Massachusetts

Calorie Posting Regulations

Legislation Passed: May 14th, 2009   Comply By Date: November 1st, 2010

Effective November 1, 2010, all effected chain restaurants in the State of Massachusetts will be required to post calorie information on their menus, menu bards, and food tags as outlined in this document.

Who is affected?

All food establishments that do business under the same name or common ownership and operate 20 or more locations in the state of Massachusetts.

What information needs to be posted?

The total number of calories as usually prepared and offered for sale for each menu item.

Where to post calorie information?

Calorie information must be provided on all:

  • Menus
  • Menu Boards
  • Food Tags (Tags that label foods on display)

How should it read?

Calorie information must be:

  • Clear and conspicous
  • Adjacent to or nearby the stated menu item

Exemptions:

  • Grocery Stores/Markets/Convenience Stores
  • Packaged foods with preexisting nutrition labels
  • Self-service items
  • Schools
  • Health Care Facilities/Assisted Living and Group Homes
  • Caterers
  • Vending Machines
  • Private Clubs
  • Temporary Food Establishments

Alcoholic Beverages:

Average values for alcoholic beverages sold at covered food establishments may be displayed.

Verification

All posted calorie information must me verified by a licensed nutritionist/dietitian.

Written or electronic documentation must be made available upon request of a health inspector.

Enforcement

Local Health Departments will be responsible for the enforcement of this act.

Franchised outlets of parent companies may request a time compliance extension for financial hardship with the appropriate documentation.