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FDA Extends Deadline for Calories on Menus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it is putting off for a year the deadline for mandatory calorie disclosures on menus. Enforcement was scheduled to start this Friday, May 5, 2017, but has now been delayed until May 7, 2018.

This delay was a result of a strong last-minute lobbying effort largely by grocery stores, convenience stores, and pizza chains. The FDA has requested public comment over the next 60 days about how to reduce regulatory burden, specifically asking for approaches to increase flexibility for business and reduce regulatory burden related to:

  1. Calorie disclosure for signage for self-service foods, including buffets and grab-and-go foods
  2. Methods for providing calorie disclosure information other than on the menu itself, including how different kinds of retainers might use different methods
  3. Criteria for distinguishing between menus and other information presented to the consumer

— Gray Plant Mooty (law firm)

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