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The Bishops of England and Wales don't seem to have clarified this, the USCCB statement 'asks' the faithful to observe this.
Does today count as one of the days of fasting required by the Church, as with Good Friday and Ash Wednesday, i.e. is it a mortal sin to not fast today?
Is there a statement from the relevant Congregation confirming its status?
I don't think the thing with Fridays is fasting. What Fridays are about is some act of penance being made. In England & Wales the bishops require us to abstain from meat. This can be replaced with another penitential act. For example, it is pointless asking vegtarians to abstain from meat. The key thing is the intention to perform a penitential act. Not doing a penitential act is not of itself a sin. Although the English & Welsh bishops require abstinence from meat it would be acceptable if you were invited for dinner, went to dinner and were served meat: it would be OK to eat the meat. There is a useful booklet about Friday penance on their web site.