Ahead of the effective date for those new, long-awaited menu labeling regulations, which is May 7, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is out with some non-binding “guidance” to help with implementation. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb rolled out the guidance this week, using the occasion to underscore his commitment to improving nutritional information.

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The Affordable Care Act is intact, Bill de Blasio is on hold, and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is on board.

That means big restaurants’ menus might yet be required to include calorie counts under federal regulations.

Let’s take these developments one at a time.

Legal authority for menu labeling rests in that much-maligned but politically…

menucalarories_406x250New restaurant menu labeling requirements took effect Dec. 1 or maybe not.

Forty-eight hours ahead of that date, the Food and Drug Administration issued a notice “clarifying ” that Dec. 1 is now the “compliance” date for the regulations, not May 5, 2017, as was set by FDA in May 2016.

In no time, FDA…