Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol

Dec 17, 2014 11:09 AM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Restaurant drinkers who don't want to know how many calories are in their margarita or craft beer will have a way out: Avoid the menu and order at the bar.

New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list calories in alcoholic drinks on menus by next November.

But the rules don't apply to drinks ordered at the bar or any drinks that aren't listed on the main menu. And unlike other beverages and foods, most bottles and cans don't have to list full nutritional information.

After years of lobbying for more nutritional information on alcoholic beverages, public health advocates say the menu labeling rules are a first step.

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