Calorie Labeling on Restaurant Wines Delayed

FDA Announces One Year Delay for Menu-Labeling Rule

July 9th, 2015

Washington–Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a one year delay in the implementation of the mandatory menu-labeling rule for chain restaurants and vending machines. The final rule went into effect on December 1, 2014, and covered establishments had until December 1, 2015 to implement the rule. Now, covered establishments will have until December 1, 2016 for implementation.  The FDA implemented the delay in response to industry requests and to further clarify the rule’s requirements.

The regulations apply to restaurants and other food establishments with twenty or more locations operating under the same name and serving similar menu items. The regulations require covered establishments to post calories for standard menu items. Alcohol was originally exempted in the proposed rule, but was added in after public comments. The FDA is currently in the process of preparing additional guidance for the implementation of the regulation. That information is expected to be released later this summer.

WineAmerica will continue to monitor this issue closely as the FDA works to clarify implementation

For more information on the regulations and to read WineAmerica’s initial analysis of the final rule, please go here: FDA Publishes Final Rule on Menu Labeling Requirements for Restaurants

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