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FDA releases menu-labeling guidance

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released additional draft guidance to help restaurateurs comply with the menu-labeling law that will require certain chain restaurants to add calorie data to menus and make other nutrition information available on request. The law takes effect Dec. 1, 2016.

The 53-page draft guidance, largely in the form of a Q&A, comes in addition to final regulations the FDA released last December. Last year's regulations left some key questions unanswered and were in some cases confusing. The NRA and many restaurant companies submitted hundreds of questions to the FDA. Congress also asked the FDA to provide further clarification. 

The NRA is analyzing the new material and will provide additional information at Restaurant.org/MenuLabeling.

The FDA is accepting public comments on its draft guidance. While there's no deadline for submitting comments, the agency announced in a constituent update that comments received before Nov. 2 would be considered before the FDA begins work on its final guidance. The NRA will be drafting comments based upon restaurants’ feedback, and restaurants are also encouraged to send their comments and questions directly to the FDA.

In addition to the draft guidance, see the FDA's statement and official Federal Register notice.

For more information, contact Joan McGlockton, jmcglockton@restaurant.org.

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