The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to require restaurants to disclose nutritional content of their meals on menus. With more than a third of all meals consumed in restaurants, the government and anti-obesity advocates say the foodservice industry needs to do more to curb obesity.


Restaurants were exempted from a 1994 nutritional-labeling requirement for packaged foods. FDA officials say it is too soon to determine whether that will change. Many believe a restaurant requirement might be unrealistic and unenforceable, given that there are about 800,000 distribution points in the foodservice industry — many of which are small, independent operations.