The U.S. Food and Drug Administration delayed the effective date for two regulations to list calories on menus and menu boards until December 1, 2016. Restaurateurs and other covered establishments have until then to complete their implementation plans.

If you operate 20 or more retail food establishments (including grocerants) under the same name, and serve substantially the same menu items, the rules apply to you. Smaller operators can choose to comply voluntarily.

To comply means to post calories of standard menu items and give customers more nutrient information in writing upon request. Menus and menu boards must state that additional information is available, including total calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fibers, sugars and protein, says FDA.

The National Restaurant Association has long supported a uniform, national menu-labeling standard for chain restaurants that gives restaurants (including grocerants) flexibility and preempts a patchwork of state and local laws. NRA continues its work with FDA to address industry concerns and effect a smooth transition.

These links on menu labeling can help your grocerants prepare:

 

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