FDA Menu Labeling Enforcement Begins May 5th
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin enforcing new regulations for menu labeling on May 5th, 2018. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) determined that certain food establishments must make nutrition information accessible. What do you, as a producer, distributor or restaurant owner, need to know? The Eurofins Nutrition Analysis Center team recommends verifying your menu labels with a professional. Our laboratory uses a variety of analyses and ESHA Genesis software to generate labels with the proper values and formatting for your needs.
Who has to comply?
Restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations doing business under the same name (e.g. franchises), and any establishment offering for sale restaurant-type foods.
- Chain restaurants
- Coffee shops
- Vending machines
- Fast food chains
- Grocery stores
- Retail food establishments
Who is exempt?
Anyone may voluntarily register to menu label enforcement, however, food trucks, sidewalk carts, trains/airline, chains with fewer than 20 locations are exempt.
Let's start the conversation
What food items are covered?
- Standard menu items
- Any foods routinely included on menu boards
- Combination meals
- Self-service food
- Food on display
- Salad bars
- Alcoholic beverages
What food items are exempt?
- Alcohol on display behind the bar
- Custom orders or daily specials
- Market test items (90 days or fewer)
- Temporary menu items (fewer than 60 days)
What information is required?
- Calorie statement
- Additional information (must be posted or readily available upon request)
- Calories from fat
- Total fat
- Saturated fat
- Total carbohydrate
- Dietary fiber
...my item has variable options?
The information on your menu label would look like this:
...my establishment has a drive-thru?
Drive-thru menus have the same requirements as menu boards inside an establishment. Beverages must state the number of calories ordinarily dispensed to standard fill with ice.
...my establishment has self-serve items or foods on display?
There are three approaches to meet FDA guidelines for these types of items:
...the item is a combination meal?
Similar to variable options, the information on your menu label should provide a range matching the order of combos listed.