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FDA - Guide to Updating Calories in Menu Admin


Updated

In order to comply with federal regulations to show calories for all menu items, brands are now able to use our Menu Admin tool to input calories for their menu items. This will let consumers view calories in respective ordering platforms such a desktop, mobile websites and apps.

More information on the ruling can be found on the fda.gov website here and here.

Compliance Date: May 7, 2018

You are subject to the rule if you are a “covered establishment.” The rule defines “covered establishment” as a restaurant or similar retail food establishment that is part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name (regardless of the type of ownership, e.g., individual franchises) and offering for sale substantially the same menu items, as well as a restaurant or similar retail food establishment that is registered to be covered under the rule. [FDA]

Download the attachment below to view our full User Guide: Updating Calories to Comply with New FDA Menu Labeling Requirements. 

Olo Menu Admin allows brands to:

  • Enter calories in the following formats depending on whether the menu item is identified as standard menu item, variable menu item or combination menu item (More information)
    • Single Value (200 Cal)
    • Range (200/300 Cal or 250-400 Cal)
    • Supplements (Adds 250 Cal or Less 300 Cal)
  • Set calories at the product menu item level and group menu item level(s)

For more instructions on general formatting and labeling requirements, please visit the subsection on the fda.gov website here. Please note some products are exempt from showing calories. See our FAQ section at the end of this document for more details.

This guide is primarily designed for brands using Olo ordering websites and apps. For brands that have built their own front end experience using our API, please work directly with your design partner to implement calorie display changes.

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