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FDA Announces Uniform Compliance Date for Food Labeling Regulations

January 13, 2015

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On December 1, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published two rules in the Federal Register requiring nutritional labeling for menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines.

To implement the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act or ACA), the FDA is requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments, and establishing requirements for providing calorie declarations for food sold from certain vending machines.

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Why It Matters

The uniform compliance date for food labeling regulations issued between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014 is January 1, 2016.

The menu labeling final rule applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, offering for sale substantially the same menu items to provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items, including food on display and self-service food.

The vending machine final rule requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, subject to certain exemptions. This final rule ensures that calorie information is available for certain food sold from a vending machine that does not permit a prospective purchaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel before purchasing the article, or does not otherwise provide visible nutrition information at the point of purchase.

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