The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed enforcement of new menu labeling rules that were set to go into effect in December 2016.
In a statement on March 9th, the FDA said they will delay implementation of the law until one year after final guidance is released. It’s uncertain when the final guidance will be issued, but it’s expected to be published sometime this year.
The menu labeling law was initially passed in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. However, the rules and their enforcement have been delayed several times over the years.
Once in effect, the law will require that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations. Also, additional nutrition information will need to be made available to consumers upon request.
The rules could still see some changes prior to enforcement, including more flexibility for restaurants and grocers in how they label calories on menus, and the ability of pizza chains to post calories on smartphone apps. These changes depend on a bill that has been approved by the House but has yet to pass the Senate and get a presidential signature.
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The Nutrition Resource Center (NRC) can provide nutrition analysis of menus and recipes for customers. Contact the NRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 968-4426 for this service.
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