Counting Calories

Global Food Politics

The provision of the Obamacare Act requiring restaurants with more than 20 stores post calorie counts for their menu items was supposed to be in place already. Restaurants were also required to supply other nutritional information, including levels of sodium, carbohydrates, and saturated fats, in writing upon customer request. But the Food and Drug Administration has yet to draft the specific rules governing the postings, and even once in place, restaurants would have six months to comply with the requirement.

While there are several issues at stake, the major sticking point appears to be whether grocers selling supermarket-made meals would be required to post calorie counts. Many fast-food restaurants have already complied with the requirements, particularly in states like New York and California which had previously mandated such information be posted. But grocers and convenience stores are lobbying to stop the requirement, which they claim could cost as much…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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