On December 30, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration published a “final rule” pertaining to restaurants and menu labeling. According to this most recent publication, restaurants must comply with FDA menu labeling regulations if:
At this time, restaurants who are not part of the above “final rule” may voluntarily choose to register with the FDA and comply with menu labeling law. They are still subject to any state regulations that pertain to their type of restaurant—although states are prohibited from making different laws that pertain to final rule establishments.
Remember, these requirements only apply to restaurants that fall under the “final rule” above. In order to comply with these FDA regulations, your restaurant must:
According to the newest published FDA menu labeling regulations, your restaurant must be in full compliance of the above by May 7, 2018. This gives you plenty of time to obtain nutrition analysis of your menu—especially if you choose to receive your results instantly by using MenuCalc’s database nutrition analysis system.
For more details, check out our white paper “Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments.”