November 18, 2009

State and Local Menu Labeling Laws Present Compliance Challenges

Arnold & Porter Advisory

Almost three years ago, New York City became the first jurisdiction to enact nutrition labeling requirements for restaurants. Since then, various states, counties, and cities have enacted or proposed nutrition labeling requirements. At least a dozen jurisdictions now have specific requirements, with bills pending in almost 20 more jurisdictions. Although these state and local laws share certain similar features, they also have many important differences. The lack of a uniform approach means that restaurants must understand each law's impact on their operations as they develop and implement a compliance strategy.

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