New 2016 FDA Menu Labeling Rules: 3 “Recipes” for Compliance

New 2016 FDA Menu Labeling Rules: 3 “Recipes” for Compliance

Americans eat and drink one-third of their calories away from home. And according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, over one-third of children and adolescents consume fast food on a given day.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of the nation’s food supply. In order to help consumers make more informed and healthful dietary choices for themselves and their families when eating out, the FDA has recently finalized a new rule.

Starting December 1st, 2016, calorie information and a succinct statement about suggested daily caloric intake has to be displayed on menus and menu boards. Other nutrient information will have to be made available in writing on request. The new FDA rule concerns larger food chain establishments in the US with 20 or more locations, and includes meals from sit-down restaurants, foods purchased at drive-through windows, take-out food, such as pizza, foods, such as made-to-order sandwiches, ordered from a menu or menu board at a grocery store.

To comply with the new FDA labeling requirements, restaurants chains, similar retail food establishments and vending machines will need and adjust their menu information and provide consumers with clear and consistent nutrition information in a direct and accessible manner.

Many food establishments will struggle to meet the FDA requirements due to siloed systems and fragmented product data. Most of the largest US chain restaurants haven’t yet met the 2016 requirement. In order to meet the compliance date, they will need to start implementing the new rules now.

Here are three “Recipes” to better handle this challenge and to accurately display the required menu information to consumers supporting FDA compliance:

  1. Receive accurate and complete food attributes via the GDSN

As a restaurant chain, you rely on the accuracy of the product information you get from your suppliers. It is crucial to ensure that the food attribute data you receive from your vendors is current, complete and correct. Using the 1WorldSync-certified Informatica GDSN Accelerator for MDM-Product 360, you can easily and securely receive relevant food attributes from your distributors or exchange product data with trading partners via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).

  1. Ensure data quality

Identify the source and quality of the data e.g. nutrient information for completeness, conformity and consistence across the organization and suppliers. Or, detect duplicate products for in-store and online with different ingredients, allergens, etc. Once you have cleansed the data, make sure it stays clean by continually monitoring and reporting.

  1. Manage multiple output channels

Leading U.S. restaurant and grocery retail chains will be making use of master data-fueled product information and omnichannel management. Informatica MDM-Product 360 provides an extensive food and beverages model that is capable of storing and disclosing information like nutrition facts, calorie information or percentage of daily intake. It also allows to perfectly managing product information across multiple output channels like online shops, in-store marketing materials, print, electronic or digital signage and displays.