The Food and Drug Administration today released additional draft guidance to help restaurateurs comply with the menu-labeling law that will require certain chain restaurants to add calorie data to menus and make other nutrition information available on request. The law takes effect Dec. 1, 2016.
The 53-page draft guidance, largely in the form of a Q&A, comes in addition to final regulations the agency released last December. Last year's regulations left some key questions unanswered and were in some cases confusing. The NRA and many restaurant companies submitted hundreds of questions to the FDA. Congress also asked the FDA to provide further clarification.
The FDA is now accepting public comments on its draft guidance, with no stated deadline. We’re analyzing the new material and will provide additional information at Restaurant.org/MenuLabeling. We will be drafting comments based upon our members’ feedback. We also encourage you to send your comments and questions directly to the FDA.