A state senator is concerned that planned federal guidelines that would require restaurants to list nutritional values for beers could hurt New York craft brewers.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations that are to be enacted in December 2016 would require chains with 20 or more locations to display nutritional information on their menus. The rules would reportedly include beer.
State Sen. Joseph Griffo of Utica told the FDA in a letter that the looming guidelines could stifle growth of New York’s $3.5 billion craft beer industry. Griffo said some smaller breweries might not be able to afford the costly nutritional tests to analyze their beers.
Griffo urged the FDA to reconsider the mandate.