Today the Food and Drug Administration released a second draft guidance for FDA menu labeling. The FDA menu labeling guide helps restaurants and other retail food establishments with 20 locations or more comply with legislation going into effect December 1, 2016. The new rule requires calories be posted on menus and menu boards and other nutrient information available upon request.
The FDA menu labeling draft guidance is titled: “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Other Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods – Part II.” The intent of the guide is to help restaurants and similar retail food establishments understand nutrition labeling requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and implementing regulations that may apply to them.
The FDA menu labeling guide is in draft form and is open to comment.
You may submit written comments regarding this guidance at any time. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number listed in the notice of availability that publishes in the Federal Register.
The FDA menu labeling guidance document addresses many of the most frequently asked questions the agency has received. More updates and additional guidance is to be expected from the FDA.