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FDA Publishes Proposed Rule on Nutrition Labeling for Menus

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published in the Federal Register its proposed requirements for providing certain nutrition information on menus and menu boards for chain restaurants.

The Affordable Care Act, in part, amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require restaurants and similar 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 to provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items, including food on display and self-service food.

A final rule is expected by the end of 2011, with an implementation date as early as six months following passage of the rule.

Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted by June 6, 2011. Comments, identified by Docket No. FDA–2011–F–0172 and/or RIN 0910–AG57, may be submitted via the federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov/.

Submit written submissions by fax to 301–827–6870 or by mail to Division of Dockets Management (HFA– 305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

To view this proposed rule, click here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-04-06/pdf/2011-7940.pdf

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