Time is Ticking on New Menu Labeling Requirements

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Finally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published its much awaited and anticipated final guidance on menu labeling, “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods – Part II (Menu Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11).” Now, the fun begins —making sense of it and how it affects your foodservice operation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today the publication of its final guidance for industry, “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods – Part II (Menu Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11).”

Although it will create more work for foodservice operators, the guidance is an important resource to help businesses comply with the menu labeling final rule.

The guidance responds to many frequently asked questions on topics like covered establishments, alcoholic beverages, catered events, mobile vendors, grab-and-go items, and record keeping requirements.

The FDA will provide educational and technical assistance (via workshops and webinars) for state, local, and tribal regulatory partners with those establishments covered by the menu labeling final rule to support consistent nationwide compliance.

The FDA will begin enforcing the menu labeling final rule one year from the date that the Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register, which was May 5.  Better get moving. The clock is ticking. Read more