FDA: Calorie counts soon to be mandatory on menus

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Diners will soon see calorie counts posted at most places Americans eat out.

The Food and Drug Administration is finalizing rules that will require restaurants with at least 20 locations to display the caloric content of their menu items. That includes convenience stores, movie theaters, amusement parks and even vending machines. Some alcoholic drinks are also on the list.

Excluded from the requirement are food trucks, ice cream trucks and meals served by airlines.

The rules are part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known to many as "Obama-care." Most of the new requirements take effect next November.  Calorie counts on vending machines will come the following year.

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