At last! Menu labels in 2017!


Wonder of wonders, the FDA at last has issued its Final Guidance on Menu Labeling to go into effect a year from now.

Why astonishment?  New York City has had menu labeling since 2008. The national process started in 2010.

Here’s the chronology:


March 23
President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act which includes a provision requiring chain retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to provide calorie information for standard menu items.

July 7
FDA publishes Federal Register notice soliciting comments and suggestions

Aug 25
FDA requests comments on “Draft Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Implementation of the Menu Labeling.”

Jan 25
FDA withdraws draft implementation guidance; announces intent to exercise enforcement discretion until rulemaking process is complete; requests comments.

April 6
FDA issues proposed rule.

May 24
FDA issues document correcting errors in proposed rules; extends comment period.

July 5
FDA issues notice of proposed rulemaking.

Dec 1
FDA issues final rule.

FDA issues guidance for industry.

Happily, the rules will cover:

bakeries, cafeterias, coffee shops, convenience stores, delicatessens, food service facilities and concession stands located within entertainment venues (such as amusement parks, bowling alleys, and movie theatres), food service vendors (such as ice cream shops and mall cookie counters), fo…

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