December 3, 2018
The FDA has developed an education module to help industry, regulators, and consumers understand the menu labeling regulations. This online module describes what types of establishments and types of foods are covered by the menu labeling regulations and how to comply with the regulations. The FDA has also published two fact sheets for industry on menu labeling and declaring calories.
May 7, 2018, was the compliance date for the menu labeling regulations. During the first year of implementation, the FDA is focusing on education and outreach and working cooperatively with establishments to help them comply with the menu labeling regulations.
The menu labeling regulations apply to restaurants and similar retail food establishments that meet certain criteria, such as being part of a chain of 20 or more locations. These establishments must post calories for many food items that they sell, and they must also meet other requirements. For example, they must provide upon request, written nutrition information for certain nutrients for standard menu items. Examples of food that would have such labeling in covered establishments may include meals from sit-down restaurants, foods purchased at drive-through windows, and take-out food such as sandwiches ordered from a menu board at a grocery store or fast-food restaurant.
The information required by the menu labeling regulations will help consumers make more informed choices about their diets and health.