FDA delays compliance date for menu calories labelling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the compliance date for the final rule requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments. The final rule appeared in the Federal Register of December 1, 2014 and it was supposed to enter in application on December 1, 2015: the date is delayed by one year, to December 1, 2016.

FDA is taking this action in response to requests for an extension and for further clarification of the rule’s requirements. One of the major problem stressed by the food business operators was the complexity of the software needed to grant this kind of information.

The FDA will publish further clarification, probably with the Q&A format.

It has to be noticed that in New York a similar rule is effective from 2008, and some major companies like Starbucks and McDonalds has yet implemented the calories indication on menus/boards.

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