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 of Obamacare back in 2010, is now being delayed for one year until May 7, 2018, while the Trump administration undertakes a review of many of the regulatory burdens, such as menu labeling, placed on business interests. Interestingly, the National Restaurant Association argued against the further delay largely out of concern that a rescission of the federal standards will yield a patchwork of state, county and local labeling mandates without any consistency in application. It remains to be seen if that concern is justified, but there will not be a national labeling mandate in place for at least another year!