FDA extends compliance deadline for menu labeling to December 1, 2016




The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it is delaying the compliance date of the menu labeling rule by one year. Covered establishments will now have until December 1, 2016 to comply with the rule.  

The FDA extended the deadline in response to requests from retailers and trade associations that they did not have adequate time to fully implement the requirements of the rule by the original compliance date. 

The new deadline will give covered establishments much-needed additional time to develop and install updated and consistent menu boards; implement software, information systems and other technologies for providing nutrition information; train staff on the new rule; and implement standard operating procedures for compliance.

The menu labeling rule, issued last year, applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. Covered food establishments are required to clearly and conspicuously display calorie information for standard items on menus and menu boards, next to the name or price of the item; to provide nutritional information for standard menu items to customers on request; and to provide other nutritional disclosures.

For more information on the menu labeling requirement, please see our Francast, FDA’s new menu labeling and vending machine requirements: 10 key answers for food businesses,”or contact the author.