Topics: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Tobacco 21 Takes Effect, NATSO Urges Delay Until Implementing Regulations Issued

The end of year appropriations legislation signed by President Trump on Dec. 20 that renewed the biodiesel tax credit also raised the federal minimum purchase age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21. Although the law wasn't expected to take effect until several months into 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a noticeĀ on Dec. 26 stating that the law is in immediate effect. Retailers cannot sell any tobacco products to customers younger than age 21. More

NATSO ANALYSIS: FDA Menu Labeling Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration has released non-binding guidance on the menu labeling regulations that are currently scheduled to take effect in May 2018. The regulations apply to restaurants, convenience stores, and supermarkets with 20 or more locations. As a general matter, the guidance document provides little additional clarification and underscores the need for legislation to lessen the unnecessary burdens that certain convenience stores and restaurant models will face under the new rules. More

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