FDA Clarifies Menu Labeling Compliance Date

FDA Clarifies Menu Labeling Compliance Date The menu labeling compliance date is closer than many previously believed. According to a clarification statement released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday, the agency clarifies a compliance date of December 1, 2016, with a final enforcement date of May 5, 2017. While final enforcement still remains some months off, this newest statement stresses the urgency of complying with menu labeling regulations as soon as possible.

In December 2015, section 747 of the 2016 Omnibus Bill prohibited FDA from using appropriated funding to implement, administer, or enforce the menu labeling requirements until one year after FDA finalized the draft September 2015 menu labeling guidance. While FDA originally issued a statement indicating the Omnibus Bill extended the compliance date, FDA is clarifying that the compliance date remains December 1, 2016, but, consistent with the Omnibus Bill, FDA will not begin enforcing the final rule until May 5, 2017, which is one year after the date that the Notice of Availability for the final guidance published in the Federal Register.
For those covered establishments already offering the required calories and statements on menus and menu boards as well as additional nutrition information on site, the news of the December 1, 2016, compliance date changes little, but for the many restaurants still in the beginning stages of compliance, the race is now on to meet the requirements ahead of enforcement starting May 5, 2017.
Where are you in the process of menu labeling compliance?  Find resources and guidance here to help you comply with menu labeling regulations ahead of the enforcement date.