Finally! FDA has released the long awaited guidance document. It likely answers some of your questions (even if you didn’t like the answer!) but not others.
One thing is for sure: the guidance document doesn’t tell you what to do now. It doesn’t give you step-by-step instructions or a detailed game plan leading up to December 1, 2016. So what do you do now?
There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to preparing for menu labeling because each organization has their own starting line. Some have their recipes analyzed – others don’t. Some have practice with menu labeling in other states – others don’t. Some have started preparing – others have put it off.
While the journey will look different for each “covered establishment,” my experience would indicate there are 7 key items that should be on your to-do list as you march toward December 1, 2016. I like to call it my “7-point readiness plan”.
I’ve recorded a short video (13 minutes and 14 seconds, to be exact!) that summarizes the 7 key steps that should be part of your readiness plan. Whether you are well on your way to compliance – or haven’t started yet – I’m hopeful the information I’ve compiled helps you along your journey. My goal is to make menu labeling manageable for businesses and meaningful for consumers. (PS – Unfortunately, this video will only be accessible for about week! ) http://www.cldnutrition.com