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DA Extends Compliance Date for Menu Labeling Rule

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the compliance date for the menu labeling final rule by slightly more than one year, from May 5, 2017, to May 7, 2018. The extension allows for further consideration of ways to reduce costs and enhance the flexibility of these requirements beyond those reflected in the interim final rule, according to FDA.

The rule, “Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments,” requires certain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to post calorie amounts for standard menu items. FDA plans to reconsider the rule consistent with the Trump Administration’s recent executive order directing agencies to propose policy changes to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens.

FDA invited public comments regarding the implementation of the menu labeling requirements and is specifically interested in ways to reduce the regulatory burden and increase flexibility with respect to calorie disclosure signage for self-service foods, methods for providing calorie disclosure information other than on the menu itself and criteria for distinguishing between menus and other information presented to consumers. Comments are due by July 3, 2017, and can be submitted here.

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