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NYC Agrees to Wait on Calorie Counts for Convenience Stores

An agreement has been reached in the standoff between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the City of NY over the enforcement of nutritional transparency rules.

"This settlement with New York City is a clear victory for common sense".

Regulation 81.50, which was set to launch this past Monday, would have imposed rules such as calorie count disclosure on menu boards and other signage at approximately 3,000 New York City restaurants and 1,500 food retailers. "We're pleased that New York City has agreed not to jump the gun".

The Food and Drug Administration will provide additional guidance on menu labeling requirements by the end of the year after receiving solicited feedback, Scott Gottlieb, M.D., the commissioner of the F.D.A., said August 25.

Although the F.D.A. under former President Barack Obama was responsible for most of the delays so far, city officials are concerned that under the Trump administration the agency will postpone the implementation of the labeling rules indefinitely. "It is increasingly clear that the federal regulations have real problems that must be fixed before they go into effect".

And, according to Beckwith, routine calorie count variations would result in 93 percent of prepared foods being in violation of the rules, regardless of how much business spent to achieve compliance. They must also post a notice informing customers of the federally recommended dietary intake of 2,000 calories a day, as well as making additional nutritional information available to customers.

Last week, the FDA filed court papers in New York City in support of a suit that had been previously filed by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the National Restaurant Association and others. "The attempt to prematurely implement this rule was clearly a governmental over-reach by the city of NY".

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