By Abel Valencia
University of Houston Dining Services remains in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling law, which went into effect May 7. Menu labeling has been in effect since UH Dining transitioned to Chartwells Higher Education last summer.
The FDA requires calories and portion sizes for self-served regular menu items be posted on menu boards in order to better provide transparent nutritional information and facts.
UH Dining provides caloric information on printed menu boards at campus retail dining locations, such as Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and Subway. In Moody Towers Dining Commons and Cougar Woods Dining Commons, calories, nutritional facts and portion sizes can all be found on the product identifier cards located at the serving stations. Additional nutrition information is available for all menu items upon request.
A regular menu item is defined as any item served for 60 days or more, or is on a rotating menu on a regular basis. Limited time offers are an exception to this law.
Other exceptions to required posting include food trucks, businesses with fewer than 20 locations nationwide, and businesses operating under the same name, but with different menus. Tealicious and Shasta’s Cones & More, as well as the food trucks that serve campus, fall under these exclusions and are exempt.
Nutritional information can also be found on UH Dining’s website and mobile app. In addition, printed nutrition fact sheets are available upon request at Freshii in the Student Center. The UH Dining app is compatible with Apple Health and can be used to track calories and other nutritional information.
Customers with questions concerning nutritional facts can visit the dining website or schedule a meeting with the UH Dining Services senior executive chef or director of Wellness and Sustainability by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.