Topics: Food & Tobacco

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. More

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. More

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. More

Trump Budget Proposes Fee for SNAP Retailers

In its proposed Budget released on May 23, the Trump Administration proposed an "application fee" for retailers seeking to participate in the SNAP program and redeem SNAP benefits, formerly known as "food stamps." The fee would be paid during the authorization process (or reauthorization process for stores currently participating in the program). Store authorization lasts for several years. More

Congress Delays Compliance Date for New SNAP Rules; Revised Rules Coming

Congress has passed and President Trump has signed legislation containing a provision requiring the Department of Agriculture to rewrite a provision of the SNAP retailer eligibility rule issued in late 2016. That rule's new requirements, which were scheduled to take effect on May 17, 2017, will now be delayed until the Department of Agriculture can rewrite them to comport with Congress's new directives. More

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. More

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. More

Four Steps to Preventing Underage Tobacco Sales at Your Truckstop

For all the various FDA regulations, there are many steps necessary to comply. Training employees is certainly one of them. However, FDA points out four “effective steps to prevent violations of the minimum age requirements for the sale of tobacco products.” They are: Adopting and enforcing a written policy against sales to minors; Informing its employees of all applicable laws; Establishing disciplinary sanctions for employee noncompliance; and Requiring employees to verify age by way of photographic identification or electronic scanning device. More

FDA Issues Proposed Guidance on Distributing Free Samples of Tobacco Products

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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. More

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. More