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.
Under the menu labeling rules, chain restaurants and "similar retail food establishments," including may convenience stores operated by truckstop owners and operators -- are required to post calories for prepared food items that are sold in the establishments. The rules require these entities to 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.  
NATSO has been advocating for reforms to the menu-labeling requirements to provide non-traditional sit-down restaurants (e.g., convenience stores, restaurants with self-serve buffets, etc.) more flexibility in how they come into compliance with the rules.  The FDA's one-year delay is designed to enable the new Administration to examine the requirements and determine if changes are necessary. NATSO will be filing comments with FDA on these issues.
NATSO has prepared a Menu Labeling Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas for its membership, which is available here
NATSO also will continue advocating in Congress for the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, which would provide the flexibility the travel plaza industry needs.
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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 directs 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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