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November 17, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes more coming attractions for Permits Online, and FDA draft guidance on menu labeling, including for alcohol beverages.

PERMITS ONLINE IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING SOON!

We've been working very hard behind the scenes to make Permits Online, our electronic permitting system, work better for both new and experienced users.

We plan to launch a number of improvements later this year. Here's a big change you'll see after implementation:

Paper Filers Will be Able to Use Permits Online

We're auto-transferring the records for previous applications that were submitted and approved on paper forms into the new entity and commodity record structure in Permits Online. With the exception of the few application types that cannot be filed through Permits Online, most industry members will be able to submit all new and amended applications electronically using Permits Online.

In order to ensure the security of the system, you'll have to follow a few easy steps to gain access to those records. We'll only give permission to someone who we have on record as having signing authority or power of attorney for the business. Also, if you don't already have a Permits Online account you must register for one. 

Once we launch the new version of Permits Online we'll publish instructions for how to link your paper records to your account and start filing amendments online.

FDA ISSUES MENU LABELING GUIDANCE, UTILIZING Q&A FORMAT AND GRAPHICS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS, OFFER SOLUTIONS, AND PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY

In 2010, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was amended to require that certain restaurants and similar retail food establishments provide calorie information for standard menu items, including alcohol beverages.

Source: FDA Constituent Update dated November 7, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the draft guidance Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry. It addresses comments the agency received on the May 2017 interim final rule (IFR) extending the compliance date for the Menu Labeling Final Rule from May 5, 2017, to May 7, 2018. The FDA has been working hard to address industry and other concerns through the least burdensome route and believe that is through guidance.

The question-and-answer style draft guidance features approximately 20 different graphics to illustrate the agency's new and expanded interpretations of the menu labeling provisions and practical ways for industry to comply with these provisions. It addresses concerns some stakeholders have raised including: calorie disclosure for self-service foods, such as buffets and grab-and-go foods; accounting for the natural variation of foods; compliance and enforcement of the rule; criteria for covered establishments; determining standard menu items; criteria for distinguishing between menus and other information presented to the consumer, like marketing materials; various methods for providing calorie disclosure information on foods such as pizza.

The agency will accept comments on this draft guidance from November 9, 2017 to January 8, 2018, after which it will move to finalize it to ensure industry has adequate time to implement the requirements. Consumers can expect to see menu labeling in covered establishments nationwide by May 7, 2018. We are fully committed to keeping this deadline.

For Additional Information

FDA Constituent Update

Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry (Draft)

 

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