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Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus

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(AP Photo/Ed Ou, File). FILE - This July 18, 2008 file photo shows the calories of each food item at a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Ou, File). FILE - This July 18, 2008 file photo shows the calories of each food item at a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York.
WASHINGTON - Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants.

But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes?

The food industry is closely watching the Food and Drug Administration to see which establishments are included in the final menu labeling rules, which are expected this year.

The idea is that people may pass on that bacon double cheeseburger if they know that it has 1,000 calories. Or on the chili hot dog at the convenience store counter.

But nonrestaurant establishments have lobbied hard for exemption, and the rules have been delayed.

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told Congress earlier this month that writing the rules has been "much more challenging than expected." The agency issued proposed rules in 2011 but has faced pressure to revise them to exclude retail outlets like grocery and convenience stores.

The FDA has sent the rules to the White House, meaning they could be released soon. The calorie labels may be required as soon as six months after the final rules are announced.

Five places you may - or may not - see calorie labels once the rules kick in: restaurants, supermarkets & convenience stores, movie theaters, airplanes & trains and vending machines.

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