Although it initially felt like the date may never come, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  compliance date for the menu labeling regulation went into effect on May 7, 2018. Hooray! Restaurants and food service establishments are now required to add calorie counts to their menus and menu boards. Nutrition information can be found both on the restaurant’s website and within the establishment to provide customers with more transparency on the nutrition information for the menu items they love to eat.

While the regulation only requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to provide nutrition information, that doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels if you only have 17 locations.  Remember that if you’re close to having 20 locations, it is best to start calculating your nutrition information months before your 20th location opens. The menu labeling process can take anywhere from six to eight weeks, on average. If your menu contains more dishes than average, it may take even longer. As you are planning for the future of your business, this is important to consider because you will need to be in compliance with menu labeling regulations once your 20th location opens.

Now that the compliance date for menu labeling has come and gone, the restaurant industry still has questions left unanswered. Am I required to post allergen information? How is the FDA going to enforce menu labeling? Do I need to update my nutrition information? Mérieux NutriSciences reached out to restaurants and food service establishments to gather your burning questions. We selected some of the more popular questions to discuss in our latest vlog, which you can watch below!

 

 

Do you still have questions about menu labeling? Join the discussion by leaving a comment below with your question, and a member of our labeling compliance team will respond to you. If you need help complying with menu labeling regulations, Merieux NutriSciences’ Labeling Compliance & Nutrition Services department can help. Our team is dedicated to working with restaurants and food service establishments to comply with menu labeling regulations and meet other needs, such as developing menu items for special diets. Contact us today to get started!

Meet the Author

Sophie Lauer, RD
Associate Nutrition Program Manager, Mérieux NutriSciences

Sophie Lauer is the Associate Nutrition Program Manager at Mérieux NutriSciences. She received her Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Health Science, Dietetics from Indiana University. Sophie received her MBA from Dominican University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for friends and family as well as playing with her goldendoodle.

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