WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) developed a new online education and training module to help industry, regulators, and consumers understand the menu labeling regulations.
The module describes what type of establishments and types of foods are covered by menu labeling regulations and how to comply. There are also two fact sheets available on menu labeling and declaring calories that provide in-depth information on industry requirements.
“While we’ve been concerned with the apparent lack of action by the FDA since May on education surrounding the menu labeling rule, we welcome this effort to help educate retailers covered by this rule on how to comply,” says Jon Taets, director of government relations for NACS. “We also continue to urge the FDA to amend the rule to make compliance understandable for all covered entities.”
All establishments that must adhere to the regulation had a compliance date of May 7, 2018. In the first year of implementation, the FDA is focusing on education and outreach to ensure establishments understand compliance rules.
The menu labeling regulations apply to restaurants and retail food establishments that meet certain criteria, including those that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations. Requirements under the regulation include posting calories for many food items sold and providing nutrition information upon request.
This information is aimed to help consumers make more informed choices about their diets and health.