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Final Menu Labeling and Vending Machine Labeling Rules Published

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

FDA issued a final rule requiring the disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in restaurants and retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. The Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments final rule complies with provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), which amended the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, to require caloric and other nutrition information for standard menu items, including food on display and self-service food. Under ACA provisions, restaurants and similar retail food establishments not otherwise covered by the law may elect to become subject to these Federal requirements by registering every other year with FDA.

FDA also issued a final rule requiring individuals who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, subject to certain exemptions. The Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines final rule stipulates that calorie declarations must be clear and accessible for foods in vending machines that lack a visible Nutrition Facts Panel, or other display of nutrition information.

The rules are effective December 1, 2015, and public comments are invited through December 31, 2014.

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