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What You Should Know About New Menu & Vending Machine Labelling Requirements

November 08, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that all alcoholic beverages on menus and menu boards must include calorie and nutritional information, but it turns out that vending machine items and food items on menus are required to include this new information as well.

With more and more people working to eat healthier for longevity and physical fitness, this new change regarding FDA labels may either draw more customers in or push them away.

Who Needs to Comply?

To help consumers make informed decisions while eating away from home, the FDA’s recent change requires the mandatory labeling of food and beverage items on restaurant menus and vending machines.

Restaurant chains with more than 20 locations are required to list calorie information on menus and menu boards, as well as vending machine operators who own or operate at least 20 or more vending machines. All restaurant establishments must comply by May 5, 2017, but vending machine operators have until July 26, 2018.

Additionally, fast-food and drive-through establishments must also comply by these rules. Examples of restaurants and types of food items that must make these changes include the following:

●      Quick service or fast-food restaurants

●      Foods purchased through a drive-through restaurant

●      Take-out and delivery pizza, or hot pizza purchased at a grocery store, convenience store, or movie theater

●      Food purchased from a buffet, salad bar, or soup bar

●      Self-service foods

●      Bagels, donuts, cookies, and rolls offered for individual sale

Additional Rules Regarding FDA Labels

Although only standard menu items are required to list calorie and nutritional information, there are some exclusions. First, standard menu items include restaurant-type foods that are regularly included on a menu or menu board, or are routinely offered as a self-service food item on display.

Foods such as condiments, temporary menu items, custom orders, daily specials, and food items that are sold as part of a customary market test are not required to include nutrition information.

Additionally, bottles of liquor behind the bar that are used to prepare mixed drinks are also excluded. For additional information, download the FDA’s labelling guide for restaurants and retail establishments.

Other Changes to FDA Labels

The FDA has made several important changes to food labels over the past couple of years, and two of those compliance deadlines are fast-approaching.

●      As of June 18, 2018, manufacturers must make sure that their products do not contain partially hydrogenated oils for uses that have not been approved by the FDA

●      As of July 26, 2018, companies with $10 million or more in annual food sales must follow the requirements for the new Nutrition Facts label

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