FDA Issues Menu Labeling Guidance

Menu labeling, initially passed into law as part of ObamaCare back in January of 2010, has yet to be implemented, but the latest iteration was released last week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This latest final version is slated to become effective on May 7, 2018 and its purpose is largely to provide…

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New York City Agrees to Menu-Labeling Delay

In the wake of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) filing court papers a few weeks ago intervening in a current court case challenging the New York City menu-labeling mandate, the Big Apple has agreed to delay implementation. Under the terms of a stipulation filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of…

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Feds Urge Court To Block NYC Menu Labeling

Well, the federal requirement for menu labeling, passed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) back in 2010, may have been delayed for another year, but New York City is scheduled to begin enforcing its own labeling mandate next Monday. That fact was enough for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

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FDA Kicks Menu Labeling Down The Road

Although we have to believe most affected restaurant chains were all ready for the new menu labeling requirements to become effective today, May 5 – it’s not necessarily a bad turn of events that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying implementation of the mandate until 2018. The requirement, which was mandated as part…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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FDA Extends “Healthy” Food Comment Period

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formally extended the comment period associated with the federal definition of “healthy” foods both generally and for the purposes of nutritional labeling. Originally, the comment period was set to close on January 26, 2017. As the new year approached however, the FDA received many requests to extend the…

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FDA Formally Extends Menu Label Deadline

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule on menu labeling last week that formally extends the compliance date until May 5, 2017.  The federal labeling requirement already has quite a lengthy history – first mandated by passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010. It was originally to be effective as of…

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FDA Has New Definition of Healthy

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised and updated its definition of healthy as relates the nutritional contents of packaged foods.  In a guidance issued last week, the agency seeks to first reconcile the parameters of “healthy” with its own new Nutrition Facts Panel rule that was adopted in May. The new definition…

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Sweetening the Government’s Role

For the past year or so, some have focused attention on how much sugar the average American consumer ingests on a regular basis.  The genesis of this focus was arguably the 2012 push by former New York City Mayor Bloomberg to limit the size of sugary drink beverages that a restaurant could sell.  Since that…

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FDA Releases Final Rule on Food Safety Transportation

Commercial kitchens should take note that earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its new rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food as mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The rule, published in the Federal Register on April 6, sets new requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor…

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