FDA Announces Menu-Labeling Enforcement Delay

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will again delay enforcement of federal "menu-labeling"regulations. The FDA was previously scheduled to begin enforcing the regulations on Dec. 1, 2016; it will now hold off on enforcing the regulations until one year after it issues final "guidance" providing more details on the regulations. It is uncertain when the draft guidance, which was issued in September 2015, will be finalized, beginning the one-year countdown to enforcement.
 
Last month, the House of Representatives passed the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, which would make food retailers' and restaurant operators' obligations under the regulations substantially less burdensome. Because many truckstop and travel plaza operators operate chain restaurants and/or convenience stores that may be subject to the FDA's rule, NATSO supported this legislation. The Senate is in the process of considering the legislation.
 
NATSO has prepared a detailed summary and compliance guide for FDA's menu-labeling regulations. This can be accessed here.
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David Fialkov

David Fialkov is the Vice President of Government Relations, as well as the Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, at NATSO. In this capacity, Mr. Fialkov direct's NATSO's legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy on a range of issues, including transportation, energy and fuels, labor, data security, and taxes. Mr. Fialkov also oversees NATSO's political engagement program, including individualized legal and political counsel to member companies. Prior to joining NATSO, Mr. Fialkov was the senior associate in the Government Affairs and Public Policy practice at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. At Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov advised clients on legislative, regulatory, and political issues, as well as legal concerns. His primary clients included trade associations representing the motor fuel wholesale and retail industries, including the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Mr. Fialkov's focus was not only on the motor fuels business, but also the litany of other issues that retailers confront, including labor matters, foodservice issues, healthcare and employment issues, tax matters and data security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. He received his B.S. Summa cum laude with highest honors from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Allison and daughter Lilah. More

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