Calif. inspectors propose grace period for menu labeling

With specifics of federal rules unclear, group urges penalty-free enforcement of state law

An organization representing restaurant inspectors across California proposed guidelines Friday recommending the penalty-free enforcement of state menu-labeling requirements that go into effect Jan. 1.

California restaurant chains face uncertainty as the second phase of state menu-labeling rules goes into effect with the new year — despite the expectation that they will be pre-empted by federal rules coming later in 2011.

Though both the state and federal laws require the

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