Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
FDA Extends Menu Labeling Compliance Date to 2018
June 29, 2017
The FDA is extending the comment period for the interim final rule that extended the menu labeling compliance date. The comment period will be extended for 30 days in response to a request for additional time for interested persons to submit comments. The comment period will now close on August 2, 2017. For more information, please consult the Federal Register notice (forthcoming as of 6/29, link will be provided when it is available).
May 17, 2017
The Guidance for Industry: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments; Small Entity Compliance Guide has been amended to reflect the extension of the menu labeling compliance date, which is now May 7, 2018.
Original Constituent Update
May 1, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is extending the compliance date for menu labeling requirements from May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2018. This extension allows for further consideration of what opportunities there may be to reduce costs and enhance the flexibility of these requirements beyond those reflected in the final rule.
The FDA is inviting comments for 60 days on the implementation of the menu labeling requirements, such as approaches to reduce regulatory burden or increase flexibility related to (a) calorie disclosure signage for self-service foods, including buffets and grab-and-go foods; (b) methods for providing calorie disclosure information other than on the menu itself; and (c) criteria for distinguishing between menus and other information presented to the consumer.
The extension will be effective on May 4, 2017 when the Federal Register publishes the extension in advance of the May 5 compliance date. The 60-day comment period will begin on May 4, 2017.
Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with Docket No. FDA-2011-F-0172 for “Food Labeling; Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments; Extension of Compliance Date and Request for Comments.”
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