American Diabetes Association Celebrates Implementation of U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s National Menu Labeling Policy


Michelle Kirkwood

Arlington, Virginia
May 11, 2018

Additional nutrition information on prepared foods now available for millions of Americans

On behalf of more than 114 million Americans living with and at risk for diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) celebrates the recent implementation of the national menu labeling policy by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The national menu labeling policy requires consumers be informed about the calorie count of all menu items and, upon request, access to more detailed nutrition information such as carbohydrate and sugar content. ADA has been an ardent supporter of providing calorie information for standard menu items and carbohydrate and sugar content upon request so consumers can make healthy food choices.

“Having access to supplementary nutrition information, primarily the grams of carbohydrate in a meal or prepared food, is essential for people who have diabetes,” said ADA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Advocacy LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH. “For weight and blood glucose management, as well as determining insulin dosage, it is vital for people living with or at risk for diabetes to keep careful track of the carbohydrates, including sugar, they consume. We are thrilled that this critical information will now be more widely available.”

The menu labeling policy, originally included in the passage of the Affordable Care Act eight years ago, calls for mandatory calorie counts on menus and menu boards, and for food on display in chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, and movie theaters, effective Monday, May 7. The law also requires calorie labeling by July 2018 on more than 99 percent of the nation’s millions of vending machines.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)