FDA tells pizzerias: Don't be square

July 24, 2015

A hole in the FDA’s just-delayed menu labeling mandate really penalizes squares. That’s square-cut Chicago style pizza slices and other regional favorites that aren’t served up in traditional triangles. Instead of December 1, 2015, the regulation won’t take effect until December 1, 2016. When the data drop does happen, pizza slice shape could competitively smack some independent pizzerias.

Betsy Craig, CEO and founder of the nutritional data consulting firm MenuTrinfo, says her organization has contacted the FDA three times requesting a modification of the regulation language that requires individual pizza slice calorie counts to reflect “uniform sectors.” In non-governmentese, that…