FDA – Final Guidance on Menu Labeling published

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 29th April 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).”

The FDA intends to begin enforcing the menu labeling final rule one year from the date that the Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register. The NOA for the guidance is expected to be published in early May 2016.

This guidance responds to many frequently asked questions that the agency has received to date. It differs from the draft guidance by providing additional examples and new or revised questions and answers on topics such as covered establishments, alcoholic beverages, catered events, mobile vendors, grab-and-go items, and record keeping requirements.

In 2010, section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended 403(q)(5)(H) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 343(q)(5)(H)) to require that restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, and offering for sale substantially the same menu items, provide calorie information for standard menu items (including food on display and self-service food) and provide, upon request, additional written nutrition information for standard menu items.

This guidance document describes nutrition labeling that is required for foods sold in covered establishments, how this information (calorie and nutrition labeling) may be presented, and when exempt foods, as defined further below, must provide nutrition labeling. The guidance also describes means (reasonable basis) by which nutrient values may be derived.

You can download the PDF file here.

(Source: FDA website)

Food contact materials seminar – Savona (3/3/2016)

On 3rd March 2016, I will participate as speaker in an interesting event organised by the Chemical Labs of the Chamber of Commerce of Torino and Savona. The event will be in Savona and the language Italian.

I will speak about food business operators liability, sanctions provided by the national regulatory framework, safety concerns related to food packaging and case studies from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

There will be speeches from the competent sanitary authority about official controls on the market, with Davide Bordonaro and Paola Sfacteria, and case studies from the industry and the retailers: I am sure that my friend Bruno Simonetta will give you a great overview about the complexity you have to face managing hundreds of different materials at retail stage.

You can view the full program and details for subscriptions here.