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House Passes Menu Labeling Legislation

February 6, 2018

House Passes Menu Labeling Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 6 voted 266-157 in favor of H.R. 772, the "Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017."

NATSO ANALYSIS: FDA Menu Labeling Guidance

November 14, 2017

NATSO ANALYSIS: FDA Menu Labeling Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration has released non-binding guidance on the menu labeling regulations that are currently scheduled to take effect in May 2018. The regulations apply to restaurants, convenience stores, and supermarkets with 20 or more locations. As a general matter, the guidance document provides little additional clarification and underscores the need for legislation to lessen the unnecessary burdens that certain convenience stores and restaurant models will face under the new rules.

FDA Issues Menu-Labeling Draft Guidance

November 9, 2017

FDA Issues Menu-Labeling Draft Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the menu-labeling rule that requires companies to post calorie information on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations.

NATSO, Food Retailers Urge FDA to Revise Menu-Labeling Rules

September 11, 2017

NATSO, Food Retailers Urge FDA to Revise Menu-Labeling Rules

Executives from trade associations representing the grocery, convenience and pizza industries, including NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings, on Sept. 8 urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise the menu-labeling rule to make it easier for the industries to comply with the regulation to provide accurate nutritional information to customers as well as eliminate the possibility of criminal penalties for violations.

NATSO Urges FDA to Revise Final Menu Labeling Rules

August 3, 2017

NATSO Urges FDA to Revise Final Menu Labeling Rules

NATSO on Aug. 2 urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise the final menu labeling rules to make it easier for the truckstop and travel plaza industry to comply with the regulation to provide accurate nutritional information to customers as well as eliminate the possibility of criminal penalties for violations.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Menu Labeling Reform

July 28, 2017

House Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Menu Labeling Reform

On Thursday, July 27, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 772, the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act,” by a vote of 39-14.

NATSO, Food Retailers Urge House Committee to Support Menu Labeling Reform

July 27, 2017

NATSO, Food Retailers Urge House Committee to Support Menu Labeling Reform

NATSO joined more than 200 businesses and trade associations representing the food retail sector in urging members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to approve the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772), bipartisan legislation that would provide food retailers with greater flexibility under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) final menu labeling rule.

Watchdog Groups Sue FDA Over Menu Labeling Delay

June 8, 2017

Watchdog Groups Sue FDA Over Menu Labeling Delay

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the National Consumers League have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenging the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) decision to delay a rule requiring chain restaurants and "similar retail food establishments," including convenience stores, to post calorie counts for prepared food and beverages.

Menu-Labeling Requirements Delayed Until May 2018

May 2, 2017

Menu-Labeling Requirements Delayed Until May 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 1 announced that it will delay the compliance date for federal menu-labeling requirements until May 7, 2018. Restaurants and food retailers were going to have to comply by May 5, 2017.

NATSO, Others Urge Lawmakers to Pass Menu Labeling Reform As Compliance Deadline Approaches

April 25, 2017

NATSO, Others Urge Lawmakers to Pass Menu Labeling Reform As Compliance Deadline Approaches

NATSO and a number of its members joined more than 250 food and retail groups in urging members of the House and Senate to pass the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017 before new federal menu-labeling rules take effect May 5.

NATSO Urges Administration Review of Menu Labeling Requirements

February 16, 2017

NATSO Urges Administration Review of Menu Labeling Requirements

NATSO urged the Trump Administration to closely scrutinize menu labeling requirements and to consider revising the regulations to reduce the burden of compliance for travel stores and convenience stores.

NATSO Applauds Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

February 13, 2017

NATSO Applauds Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

NATSO joined more than 200 organizations employing millions in applauding Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) for introducing the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772) that would provide food retailers greater flexibility as they seek to comply with the menu-labeling regulations and shield them from possible criminal penalties under the FDA menu-labeling rules.

Lawmakers Introduce Menu-Labeling Legislation

February 3, 2017

Lawmakers Introduce Menu-Labeling Legislation

U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation this week that would provide food retailers greater flexibility as they seek to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) menu-labeling regulations, which are set to take effect in May.

NATSO, Others Urge Congress to Pass Menu Labeling Reform Legislation

September 14, 2016

NATSO, Others Urge Congress to Pass Menu Labeling Reform Legislation

NATSO and a coalition of more than 200 food and retail groups is urging Congress to enact the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017, S. 2217) before the end of the year to address remaining problems with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA's) menu-labeling rule and ensure necessary compliance flexibility.

FDA Issues Final Menu-Labeling Guidance

May 2, 2016

FDA Issues Final Menu-Labeling Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released final guidance clarifying some of the ambiguities in its federal "menu-labeling" regulations. Those regulations, which were finalized in December 2014, require calorie declarations on menus and menu boards for chain restaurants and retail food establishments, including many convenience stores. The guidance, released on April 29, 2016, starts a one-year clock until FDA begins enforcing the calorie labeling requirements, meaning covered establishments will need to be in compliance by May 2017.

FDA Announces Menu-Labeling Enforcement Delay

March 13, 2016

FDA Announces Menu-Labeling Enforcement Delay

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will again delay enforcement of federal "menu-labeling" regulations.

House Approves Menu-Labeling Legislation

February 12, 2016

House Approves Menu-Labeling Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 266 to 144 on Feb. 12 in favor of H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.

Menu Labeling Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

November 20, 2015

Menu Labeling Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

In the near future, chain restaurants and “similar retail food establishments,” including many restaurants and convenience stores operated by truckstop operators, will be required to post calories for prepared food items that are sold in the establishment. NATSO has prepared this summary and compliance guide for its membership.

House Subcommittee Advances Menu-Labeling Legislation

November 6, 2015

House Subcommittee Advances Menu-Labeling Legislation

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act cleared a key House panel Nov. 4, setting the stage for a Committee vote on legislation that would make the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling regulations less burdensome on small businesses. The House Energy and Commerce Committee could mark up the bill, which advanced out of the Subcommittee on Health, by mid-November.

NATSO Supports Menu Labeling Reform

October 30, 2015

NATSO Supports Menu Labeling Reform

NATSO joined a coalition of more than 200 food and retail groups in urging Congress to support bipartisan legislation that would make small but important changes to the Food and Drug Administration's "menu labeling" regulations. The changes would require the FDA to revise their current rules -- which are scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016 -- to make it easier for food retailers and restaurant operators to comply, while also revising the enforcement and liability rules to eliminate excessive and disproportionate penalties.

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