Menu and Vending Machine Nutrition Labeling Compliance

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Regulation
  • Why Work With NSF?

NSF International has the expertise to provide nutrition labeling information for use on menus or for food sold from vending machines. We create a concise, easy-to-read document that includes all the necessary information for food service companies to meet regulations and assist consumers to make informed dining decisions.

We generate caloric and nutrient values based on recipes, serving size, preparation considerations and ingredient supplier specifications sheets.

This labeling is especially important as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized two rules to provide the consumer with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home.

Menu Labeling

The menu labeling rule goes into effect May 5, 2017 and applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments (including movie theaters and amusement parks) if part of a chain of 20 or more locations. The rule requires clearly and conspicuously displaying calorie information for standard items on menus and menu boards. It also requires providing, upon consumer request, written nutritional information about total calories, total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugars and protein.

Vending Machines

The rule for vending machine labeling requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from the machines (some exceptions apply). The deadline for compliance was December 1, 2016, with an extension to July 26, 2018 for certain foods sold from certain vending machines.

To learn more about restaurant menu and vending machine nutrition services, email foodregulations@nsf.org.

Benefits of Regulation

NSF International has the experience and expertise to help restaurants and the food service industry determine the calories and nutrition information required by FDA’s menu labeling and vending machine regulations. We generate calories and nutrient values based on recipes, serving size, preparation considerations and ingredient supplier specifications sheets.

Why Work With NSF?

With over 70 years of food safety and standards development experience, NSF is uniquely equipped to help you navigate the complex and quickly changing regulatory landscape. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable staff is customer focused, providing efficient and cost-effective services.

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