Title of Session: Menu Labeling: a Way Forward for California
Length of Session: One hour. May 10, 2017, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Educational Objective: For attendees to learn in detail about federal and state menu and menu board labeling requirements that went into effect on December 1, 2016 and became enforceable on May 5, 2017, and how such requirements will be enforced.
Description of Session: The Affordable Care Act (2010), in part, amended the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments to provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu and menu board items (from the California Retail Food Safety Coalition’s California Menu Labeling Guidelines). This session will focus on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) current menu and menu board labeling requirements and the corresponding requirements of California law (which are based on federal law). It will cover which restaurants are subject to these requirements and which ones are exempt. This session will also cover how such requirements will be enforced, and how they may be affected by proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.
Qualification of Speaker: George Decker has served as a Health Communications Specialist with the FDA since June 2016, and has worked in journalism and corporate and government communications since 1995. He received his BA in political science from Yale University and his law degree (JD) from the University of Arizona. George’s current work involves public and media relations in connection with FDA-related matters.