ARLINGOTN, VA – Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer and senior vice president, government relations at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Menu Labeling Compliance date which takes effect on May 7, 2018:

“We are trying to make lemonade out of the lemons FDA presented – working to implement a law that was poorly designed for the businesses we represent and poses liability challenges at the state and local levels with regard to enforcement. That said, our members have exerted an extraordinary effort in analyzing and labeling hundreds and in some cases, more than 1,000 items, thus enabling customers to identify more clearly the wide array of healthy options available in a grocery store.”