The Food and Drug Administration decided late last week that the compliance and enforcement deadline for the menu labeling rule is May 5, 2017. It changes the group’s earlier “clarification” that, although it would not enforce the menu labeling rule until May 5, retailers were still expected to be in compliance by Dec. 1.
According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the FDA changed its mind, “buckling to pressure brought by NACS and other allies.”
NACS says it continues to work with its industry and congressional allies to affect the passage of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. According to NACS, the legislation “will provide all retailers with the compliance flexibility needed to make the FDA menu labeling rule work across all industries affected by this regulation.” The group also suggests that operators and members contact their congressional representatives and senators to ask that they include the Act in the continuing resolution that will fund the government into the first half of next year.