Issues & Advocacy

Issue Brief

Menu Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration in March 2016 announced a delay in the enforcement date for a new federal menu-labeling standard that governs how chain restaurants present calorie and other nutrition information on menus and at the point of sale. The regulation will be enforced a year after the FDA publishes final guidance on the law. See for full details.


The new standard -- part of the 2010 health care law -- will preempt state and local menu-labeling rules, limit restaurant liability and provide guests with consistent nutrition information. The menu-labeling standard will apply to chains with 20 or more locations operating under the same brand name.


The National Restaurant Association has been working through the regulatory process to ensure that restauratuers who make good-faith efforts to comply with the law are protected, and won't face penalties for inadvertent human error or reasonable variations in service sizes and ingredients. Giving restaurants flexibility in how they present nutrition information will allow operators to provide consumers with easy-to-understand information.