Movie Popcorn Gets Pass: Calorie Count Stays Hidden

Calorie counts to appear on restaurant menus next year: FDA
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2011 6:31 AM CDT
Movie Popcorn Exempted from FDA Calorie Counts
Calorie counts will appear on restaurant menus across the country by the end of next year.   (AP Photo/Ed Ou, File)

If you don't want to see how many calories are in your meal, you may have to start dining in bowling alleys and movie theaters. The FDA has released its proposal for adding calorie counts to menus next year, and places that don't serve food as their primary business have been exempted, reports the Los Angeles Times. Movie theater owners had lobbied hard for the exemption.

The new guidelines will apply to food-selling chains with more than 20 locations nationwide, including restaurants, vending machines, and grocery stores. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said theaters should have been included. “If a movie theater is going to serve up thousand-calorie tubs of popcorn, 400-calorie drinks and 400-calorie boxes of candy, the least they could do is tell you about it,” the group's nutrition policy director said. (Read more popcorn stories.)

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