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FDA Issues Final Guidance on Menu Labeling

Friday, May 6, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final guidance for industry regarding menu labeling titled, "A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods - Part II (Menu Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11)." The final guidance provides additional examples of, and new or revised questions and answers about, topics such as covered establishments, alcoholic beverages, catered events, mobile vendors, grab-and-go items and record keeping requirements. FDA intends to begin enforcing the menu labeling final rule one year from the date that the Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in theFederal Register, which is expected to publish in early May 2016. The final menu labeling rule requires restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations conducting business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items to provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items, including food on display and self-service food. The law firm Hogan Lovells released a memo detailing the major changes in the final menu labeling guidance.



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