The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is taking public comments on the new pending law that will require nutrition information to be posted at certain chain restaurants, retail food operations and in vending machines.

The Affordable Care Act, which is part of the health care of reform bill signed by President Barack Obama last march targets restaurants and vending machines with 20 or more units.

Other establishments subject to the law are coffee shops, delis, movie theaters, bakeries and ice cream shops.

The nutrition information is focused on calorie content and will be posted on menu boards. Other information including fat, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber and protein contents will be available in writing on request.

The comments and suggestions by members of the food industry, state and local governments, consumers and other interested parties will be considered before proposing regulations on implementing the law by March 23, 2011.

To comment, go to The docket number for comments is FDA-2010-N-0298. The docket will be open for 60 days from July 7, 2010.