Food Retail Industry Appreciates FDA’s Timeline Extension for Menu Labelling Rule


ARLINGTON, Va. — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin responded to this week’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to provide a one-year delay to the date restaurants — and those deemed by FDA to be “similar retail food establishments” — would be required to apply the final chain-restaurant menu-labelling rule.

“We’re encouraged that FDA’s commitment will give us more time to at least garner some clarity and answers without feeling rushed to make difficult business decisions in an attempt to comply by December 1, 2015 with regulations that are unclear”, Sarasin stated.

FMI will continue to work with both FDA and Congress to address business challenges with implementing restaurant menu labeling in grocery stores. Wednesday’s U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s vote and the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act remain critical pieces of legislation for the food retail industry.

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