U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Articles

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FDA Unveils New Tobacco Age-Verification Program for Retailers

November 21, 2017

FDA Unveils New Tobacco Age-Verification Program for Retailers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month unveiled a new age-verification program for retailers that offers training and point-of-purchase materials free of charge to encourage compliance with the agency’s rules against selling tobacco products to minors.

FDA Issues Menu-Labeling Draft Guidance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FDA Issues Menu-Labeling Draft Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the menu-labeling rule that requires companies to post calorie information on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food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

Use We Card Awareness Month To Highlight Compliance

September 1, 2017

Use We Card Awareness Month To Highlight Compliance

We Card Awareness Month gets un­derway in September, and the event is a great time for truckstop and trav­el plaza operators to train or re-train employees on the Food and Drug Ad­ministration’s regulations and state law compliance.

Tobacco Update: Trump FDA Continues Aggressive Opposition to Cigarettes, More Open to E-Cigs

August 14, 2017

Tobacco Update: Trump FDA Continues Aggressive Opposition to Cigarettes, More Open to E-Cigs

The first several months of the Trump Administration have brought with them no shortage of eye-catching, newsworthy headlines. Perhaps lost among the crowd, however, have been several developments on the tobacco space that NATSO members, as tobacco retailers, should understand.

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.

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.

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.

FDA Issues Proposed Guidance on Distributing Free Samples of Tobacco Products

March 13, 2017

FDA Issues Proposed Guidance on Distributing Free Samples of Tobacco Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products has released a proposed guidance document explaining how manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can comply with the agency’s prohibition against distributing free samples of tobacco products. Specifically, the guidance outlines the situations in which the sale of tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – to consumers at less than their full price (e.g., coupons, discounts, rewards programs, etc.) would not violate the ban.

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.

Judge Sides With Retailer in Challenge to FDA Tobacco Enforcement Practices

February 29, 2016

Judge Sides With Retailer in Challenge to FDA Tobacco Enforcement Practices

Orton Motor Company won a significant victory for tobacco retailers in recent weeks, successfully convincing a judge that the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products has exceeded its authority in its tobacco enforcement efforts. The legal battle was waged alongside the National Association for Convenience Stores.

FDA Enforcement of Tobacco Regulations Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

December 3, 2015

FDA Enforcement of Tobacco Regulations Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas

FDA is currently working with state enforcement agencies to conduct undercover inspections of tobacco retailers to ensure that they are complying with federal requirements. NATSO has prepared a document outlining the various issues that these inspections will cover, as well as how retailers should respond if they are accused of violating the law.

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.

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.

FDA Halts Sale of Four R.J. Reynolds Products

September 18, 2015

FDA Halts Sale of Four R.J. Reynolds Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 15 issued orders to stop the sale and distribution of four R.J. Reynolds cigarette products because they did not meet requirements set forth in the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

FDA Releases Guidance on Menu Labeling Requirements

September 14, 2015

FDA Releases Guidance on Menu Labeling Requirements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance designed to assist chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments (including many convenience stores operated by truckstops) in complying with federal menu labeling requirements.

Food and Retail Coalition Urges Support for Common Sense Disclosure Act of 2015

July 20, 2015

Food and Retail Coalition Urges Support for Common Sense Disclosure Act of 2015

NATSO joined a coalition of food and retail groups in urging Congress to support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017), which would allow more flexibility for retailers as they seek to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s menu-labeling regulations.

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