July 9, 2015 – ARLINGTON, VA – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin responded to today’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to provide a one-year delay to the date restaurants – and those deemed by FDA to be “similar retail food establishments” – would be required to apply the final chain-restaurant-menu-labeling rule.


Sarasin stated, “We’re encouraged that FDA’s commitment will give us more time to at least garner some clarity and answers without feeling rushed to make difficult business decisions in an attempt to comply by December 1, 2015 with regulations that are unclear.” 


FMI will continue to work with both FDA and Congress to address business challenges with implementing restaurant menu labeling in grocery stores. Yesterday’s U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s vote and the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 2017) remain critical pieces of legislation for the food retail industry.


For Media:

  • Link to Statement from FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Michael R. Taylor, on Menu Labeling Extension of Compliance Date