FDA extends deadline on menu rule

By

Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor

Published on
July 9, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to extend the deadline for complying with a new menu labeling law requiring restaurateurs to post calorie counts.

Restaurants and retail food establishments now have until 1 December 2016 to comply with the law, according to a statement from the FDA.

“The FDA agrees additional time is necessary for the agency to provide further clarifying guidance to help facilitate efficient compliance across all covered businesses and for covered establishments to come into compliance with the final rule,” wrote Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.

The FDA first created the rule back in 2014, with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg saying at the time that the rule is important because Americans consume one-third of their calories away from home.

To help with compliance, the FDA also pledged to work with affected business between now and the compliance date. The FDA also announced today it would be producing a document in August to answer common questions.

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