Food and Drug Administration

CFA Comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Unlawful Delay of Menu Labeling Regulations

CFA submitted the following comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s recent “interim final rule” that postponed implementation of menu labeling rules the day before the agency had been scheduled to begin enforcing compliance. FDA finalized the rules over two-and-a-half years ago but their enforcement has been held up by delays instigated by opponents to the rule—a hodgepodge of pizza delivery chains like Domino’s, convenience stores, and grocery retailers—and their allies in Congress. The most recent delay comes at a time when most covered retailers have already come into compliance with the labeling requirements. It has drawn the ire of both consumer and public health advocates, and industry groups like the National Restaurant Association, who have raised concerns about meeting a patchwork of state menu labeling regulations. CFA members Center for Science in the Public Interest and National Consumers League filed a federal lawsuit challenging the delay earlier this year.

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