By Kimberly Cooper
University of Houston Dining Services continues to provide nutritional information at dining locations and supports the new menu labeling law.
The new law is a set of regulations passed by Congress requiring restaurants and other food establishments to post calories on menus and menu signage. The law also requires restaurants to provide customers with additional nutrition information.
“Our dining facilities support the new menu labeling law and as we provide customers with nutritional information printed on each menu card located above food items in our dining halls,” said Travis Ramirez, UH Dining dietitian.
The law requires each restaurant to post additional nutritional information such as calories, total fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates and fiber for customers to view.
“We offer nutrition guide folders that are compiled of food items and nutritional information at our registers inside the dining halls,” said Ramirez.
The set of regulations was passed Dec. 1, 2014, and will go into effect by Dec. 1, 2016.
“The goal of the new menu labeling law is to reduce the risk of obesity by providing customers with nutritional information to help guide their food selections,” said Ramirez. “Our goal is to offer our customers a road map of healthy options and the cards are meant to guide them so they can make healthy decisions while dining with us.”