FDA Grants NRA's 30-day Extension on Menu Labeling Regulations

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the National Restaurant Association's (NRA) request for extended time to give comments on the menu-labeling regulations. 

The original deadline was July 3, but the NRA asked for a 60-day extension. 

The NRA claimed that the original timeframe of 60-days was not enough time to provide the comments.

"The Association has already initiated a process for developing comments on behalf of its diverse membership. While these efforts are well underway, it will be nearly impossible to prepare our planned comments without the 60 day extension. Accordingly, the Association hereby requests a 60-day extension of the comment period," wrote Cicely Simpson, executive vice president of the National Restaurant Association in the letter to the FDA. 

In response, theFDA has granted the association a 30-day extension.

"The interim final rule and its 30-day extension will provide an additional comment period of 90 days," wrote Ted Elkin, deputy director for Regulatory Affairs at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN,) FDA. 

"We appreciate the Food and Drug Administration granting our request for a 30-day extension to offer comments on menu labeling. This is an issue that is extremely important to our industry, and it's vital that our members' voices are heard," said Cicely Simpson, executive vice president of the National Restaurant Association in a statement. 

The NRA will now be given until August 3 to hand over its comments.

In May of this year, the FDA announced that it would be delaying the menu labeling regulation by a year. The rule states that any restaurant chain of 20 or more locations has to provide calorie information on menu boards and menus. Originally included in the Affordable Care Act, the rule will still be going into effect May 7, 2018.