In a recent webinar hosted by National Restaurant News titled Menu Labeling: Healthy Solutions to a Weighty Issue, Trent Norris, a partner at Arnold & Porter, LLP, advised restaurant owners not delay nutrition analysis per the FDA’s pending regulations expected to come out at the end of the year. One reason being that the FDA believes the original requirement for calorie labeling is in effect right now – since March 23, 2010. Although they are not currently enforcing the requirement, there is “a possibility of private enforcement of the FDA standards under State Consumer Protection Laws.” And even though, it is only “theoretical at the moment,” Norris urges that “restaurants need to be on top of this pretty much yesterday.”
Are you a restaurant owner? What are your thoughts on the pending FDA regulations?