The NRA has been working closely with FDA to get the agency to clarify the enforcement date. Last December, Congress directed the FDA to push the law’s enforcement date until a year after the agency published guidance. However, until today the FDA had not formally confirmed that change.
FDA STATEMENT ON MENU LABELING ENFORCEMENT
March 9, 2016
By Dr. Susan Mayne, Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
As a result of language in the omnibus appropriations bill enacted December 18, 2015 (Public Law 114-113 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016), FDA is delaying enforcement from December 1, 2016, to the date that is one year after it issues final, Level 1 guidance on menu labeling. The draft Level 1 guidance was issued on Sept. 11, 2015, and FDA is considering all comments received and will issue the final guidance as soon as possible.
FDA appreciates the extensive input received from stakeholders throughout the process of establishing requirements for menu labeling and in developing guidance. We will work flexibly and cooperatively with establishments covered by the menu labeling final rule to facilitate compliance and will provide educational and technical assistance for covered establishments and for our state, local, and tribal regulatory partners.
FDA has not indicated when final guidance is coming. Please feel free to contact Joan McGlockton, email@example.com, with any questions.