In May 2017, chain restaurants and “similar retail food establishments,” including many convenience stores operated by truckstop owners and operators, will be required to post calories for prepared food items that are sold in the establishment. Entities covered by the rule must post calories either on menus or menu boards or, for self-service items and foods on display, on signs that are next to the items. These establishments also will be required to provide additional written nutrition information to consumers upon request.
With the menu labeling rule's enforcment day quickly approaching, truckstop and travel plaza operators should begin planning for the rule as soon as possible. NATSO has prepared a Menu Labeling Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas for its membership, which is available here. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration has provided a “small entity compliance guide” and “Draft Guidance” to help businesses comply with the menu labeling rule.
NATSO is actively working with Congress and the Trump Administration to revise the rule in a manner that enables convenience stores to comply in a less burdensome manner.
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