The FDA announced on Monday that it was halting the mandatory menu labeling requirements that restaurants would have to implement in four days for a year. This delays the enforcement of the rules that would require restaurants and other food serving establishments that meet the requirements to place calorie information on menus.
As we recently wrote about, grocery stores and convenience stores with ready to eat meals had filed objections and requests to postpone implementation asking for clarity. Some lobbying groups for restaurants are not in favor of this postponement as it means that local regional or state rules are in place and chains and restaurants looking for a uniform standard and clarity will now have to figure out and abide by the host of local provisions rather than being able to rely on a singular uniform standard.
Since it was part of the Affordable Care Act, is anyone really surprised that a new administration would delay this action?