Congress enacted a federal menu-labeling law in 2010 that requires restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations to add calorie data to menus and make other information available to guests on request.
The FDA announced May 4, 2017, that it has pushed the enforcement date to May 8, 2018. See Restaurant.org/MenuLabeling for full details.
Read articles that will guide you through this transition:
> Draft Guidance for Industry: Menu Labeling Supplemental Guidance for Industry
> Guidance for Industry: A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods - Part II (Menu Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11)
> Guidance for Industry: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments; Small Entity Compliance Guide
> Public Workshops on Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments
> FDA Form 3757 for voluntary registration has been approved and posted online.
For questions related to Menu Labeling contact CalorieLabeling@fda.hhs.gov.
For Consumer Resources:
> Questions and Answers on Menu and Vending Machines Nutrition Labeling Requirements
> Infographic: Calories Now on the Menu - PDF (6.4MB)
> Blog: Providing Consumers More Information with Menu and Vending Labeling
> Food Facts: What You Need to Know about Calorie Labeling on Restaurant Menus and Vending Machines
For Additional Related Resources:
> Guidance for Industry: A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods - Part I
> Final Regulatory Impact Analysis: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishment (PDF - 746KB)
> Press Release: FDA finalizes menu and vending machine calorie labeling requirements
Dockets provide information on the development of Federal regulations and other related documents issued by the U.S. government. You will find comments submitted for each final rule in the docket folders.
Menu Labeling Docket: FDA-2011-F-0172