The menu labeling compliance date has been postponed again.
As a result of language in the omnibus appropriations bill enacted December 18, 2015 (Public Law 114-113 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016), FDA is delaying enforcement from December 1, 2016, to the date that is one year after it issues final, Level 1 guidance on menu labeling. The draft Level 1 guidance was issued on Sept. 11, 2015, and FDA is considering all comments received and will issue the final guidance as soon as possible. (FDA Statement on Menu Labeling Enforcement)
That does not mean, however, that it's a good idea for YOU to procrastinate.
Why get started now? you ask. Here are some solid reasons:
- Your customers. Consumers are increasingly interested in what is in their food, particularly calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. And they look to you to educate them. This is an opportunity to show them you want to meet their needs because it's important, not merely because it's required.
- Time. The process of getting compliant can take longer than you might think. Depending on the size of your menu, and what methods you use for analysis, it could take months. You don't want to risk falling behind and dealing with inspections and/or possible fines. Plus, starting early will leave you more time to fine-tune your analysis and make any menu changes you deem necessary.
- Reality. Not today, and probably not tomorrow, but eventually the regulations will be implemented and you will have to be compliant. There's no getting around this.
So, what's a good first step?
Contact us. We are here to help.
In August 2014, we released the Food Menu feature and Food Menu Report in Genesis R&D to help restaurants with the menu labeling requirements. Since then, we've been refining the program in response to customer feedback and regulatory changes.
We also offer Consulting Services to provide menu analysis and a restaurant label report for your menu items.
Want to learn more about the regulations? Check out our eBook: Restaurant Menu Labeling | What You Need to Know