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FDA Delays Compliance Deadline for Menu Labeling Rule

July 9, 2015

FDA Delays Compliance Deadline for Menu Labeling Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 9 announced that it is delaying by one year the date by which restaurants and similar retail food establishments, including many truckstop operations, must comply with federal menu labeling requirements.

Senators Urge FDA to Delay Menu-Labeling Rule

May 21, 2015

Senators Urge FDA to Delay Menu-Labeling Rule

A bipartisan group of more than 30 Senators urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to delay the rule requiring chain restaurants or similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to display calorie counts on menus and menu boards.

New Legislation Seeks Flexibility for Retailers in Menu-Labeling Compliance

May 1, 2015

New Legislation Seeks Flexibility for Retailers in Menu-Labeling Compliance

U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) on April 26 introduced H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015, which would allow more flexibility for retailers as they seek to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations regarding calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, other food retail establishments and on vending machines.

FDA Finalizes Menu-Labeling Rule

November 25, 2014

FDA Finalizes Menu-Labeling Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled its menu-labeling rule Nov. 25, requiring that retailers and vending machine operators list calorie information on menus and menu boards.

House Appropriations Committee Addresses Menu Labeling

May 30, 2014

House Appropriations Committee Addresses Menu Labeling

The House Appropriations Committee recently added report language to its appropriations legislation clarifying the congressional intent in its menu-labeling law. The action comes as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to issue menu labeling rules, which some have criticized as going beyond what Congress envisioned.

FDA Sends Menu-Labeling Rules to White House

April 4, 2014

FDA Sends Menu-Labeling Rules to White House

Following three years of review, the Food and Drug Administration has sent final menu labeling rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget, kicking off a 90-day review process.

FDA Misses Menu-Labeling Law Deadline

March 4, 2014

FDA Misses Menu-Labeling Law Deadline

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) missed its February deadline for issuing a menu-labeling law nearly a year after conceding that writing the new rule posed significant challenges.

FDA Halts Sale of Four Tobacco Products

February 25, 2014

FDA Halts Sale of Four Tobacco Products

Retailers must remove four tobacco products made by Jash International from store shelves after the Food and Drug Administration ordered a halt in their sale and distribution.

Retailers Urged to Participate in We Card Awareness Month

August 23, 2013

Retailers Urged to Participate in We Card Awareness Month

September 1 marks the start of We Card Awareness Month. We Card is urging retailers throughout the month to train or re-train employees about the FDA regulations and state and local compliance laws concerning youth access to tobacco and alcohol.

FDA Says Writing Menu-Labeling Rule "Thorny"

March 18, 2013

FDA Says Writing Menu-Labeling Rule "Thorny"

Writing a new menu labeling law has gotten "extremely thorny," according to the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the agency tries to figure out who should be covered by it.

FDA Seeks to Have Cigarette Label Case Reheard

October 15, 2012

FDA Seeks to Have Cigarette Label Case Reheard

The federal government last week formally asked for a full court review of the U.S. Court of Appeals decision that struck down the FDA's graphic labeling requirements for cigarette packages.

Menu Labeling Legislation Introduced in Senate

September 24, 2012

Menu Labeling Legislation Introduced in Senate

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) last week introduced S. 3574, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012.

Legal Battle Over Graphic Tobacco Labels Could Head to Supreme Court

September 10, 2012

Legal Battle Over Graphic Tobacco Labels Could Head to Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the law requiring the graphic health warnings.

RYO Tobacco Retailers Subject to Federal Tax Requirements of Manufacturers

August 27, 2012

RYO Tobacco Retailers Subject to Federal Tax Requirements of Manufacturers

Retailers with roll-your-own (RYO) cigarette machines soon will be subject to the same federal tax and regulatory requirements as tobacco manufacturers.

New Legislation Would Provide Retailers Flexibility in Meeting Menu Labeling Regulations

July 30, 2012

New Legislation Would Provide Retailers Flexibility in Meeting Menu Labeling Regulations

Rep. John Carter (R) introduced the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012, which would allow more flexibility for retailers as they seek to comply with the FDA's regulations regarding calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, other food retail establishments, and on vending machines.

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