FDA Releases Menu Labeling Guidance

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The federal Food and Drug Administration recently issued Guidance for Industry: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments; Small Entity Compliance Guide relating to new regulations requiring restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items to provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items.

The guidance document restates in plain language the requirements concerning nutrition labeling of standard menu items in establishments covered by the rule. Alcohol beverages are considered food items for the purposes of this rule.

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