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FDA to Hold Public Workshops Addressing Menu Labeling Final Rule

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a series of public workshops about menu labeling to help the industry comply with requirements to provide calorie and other nutrition information to consumers. The workshops will address the menu labeling final rule, which require certain chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments to give consumers nutrition information on standard menu items. The compliance date for these requirements is May 5, 2017.

These workshops are to continue FDA’s dialogue with the industry about implementation of the menu labeling final rule and provide additional clarity on the requirements. Interested parties will have the opportunity to discuss specific menu labeling questions and concerns directly with FDA subject matter experts through pre-scheduled one-on-one sessions. (more…)




FDA to Issue Revised Guidance on Nutrition and Supplement Facts and Serving Size Regulations

This Friday, May 27, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will publish its revised Nutrition and Supplement Facts and Serving Size regulations. The Serving Size regulation in public inspection view is close to 180 pages and the Nutrition Facts regulation is close to 1,000 pages.

Significantly, for beverages:

  • Serving size will be 12 ounces.
  • The new rules require dual column labeling if the container weighs at least 200 percent (e., 24 ounces) and up to and including 300 percent (i.e., 36 ounces) of the applicable referenced amount commonly consumed (here, 12 ounces).
  • Where dual column labeling is required, the label must show nutrition information listed (a) per serving and (b) per unit.

In addition, the new rules include “added sugar” labeling requirements that will likely prove quite controversial.

Assuming no congressional intervention or court challenges delay implementation (and the requirements for declaring “added sugar” may result in some), the compliance dates for the new rules are:

  • July 26, 2018 for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales; and
  • July 26, 2019, for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales.



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