NATSO and a coalition of more than 200 food and retail groups is urging Congress to enact the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017, S. 2217) before the end of the year to address remaining problems with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) menu-labeling rule and ensure necessary compliance flexibility.
The legislation NATSO supports would make it easier for travel plazas with convenience stores to comply with new federal mandates requiring the disclosure of calorie content on menus and menu boards. The FDA's final rule is exceedingly burdensome and complicated for convenience stores to satisfy. NATSO has prepared a summary and compliance guide detailing the final rule and the steps NATSO members must take to comply.
Similar legislation, S. 2217, was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Angus King (I-Maine) but has not moved forward. This is the legislation that NATSO is urging Congress to pass before the end of the year.
The legislation includes practical compliance methods for various retail, foodservice and delivery formats.FDA released final guidance in May clarifying some of the ambiguities in its menu-labeling regulations. That guidance contained little new information that FDA had not already released, however, and left a variety of ambiguities and unnecessary complexities associated with the rule.
FDA is currently scheduled to begin enforcing calorie labeling requirements in May 2017.
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