The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended its compliance date for the final rule requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments to December 1, 2016.
The FDA menu-labeling rule applies to a restaurant or similar retail food establishment that is a part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name (regardless of the type of ownership, e.g., individual franchises) and offering for sale substantially the same menu items, as well as a restaurant or similar retail food establishment that is voluntarily registered to be covered under the rule.
In response to the FDA’s announcement to delay the compliance date for the final rule requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments for one year, the American Pizza Community has issued the following statement:
“FDA’s delay confirms both the serious deficiencies in the final rules and the urgent need for enactment of the bipartisan Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 2017). Unfortunately, FDA proceeded with an approach to final rules that impose significant compliance costs without achieving any meaningful improvements in consumer education. After years of uncertainty, FDA still has not addressed basic questions regarding implementation. The American Pizza Community looks forward to continuing to work with Members of Congress to secure timely passage of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act,”
– Lynn Liddle, Chair of the American Pizza Community.
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