TODAY'S SPECIAL: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

Jared Powell • February 12, 2016

What’s on the menu in the People’s House today?  The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act — here’s  the full scoop:

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the sponsor of this bill that passed on the House floor moments ago, wrote an op-ed published on The Hill’s Congress Blog that explains what the bill is, what the bill is not, and why it’s important for small businesses owners across the country.

For Starters: “… in 2014 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made this day-to-day interaction between small business owners…complicated by issuing a 400-page rule requiring restaurants with 20 or more locations to provide calorie information on all menus. …This mandate means that the calories of every potential sandwich, salad, or pizza topping combination, which are constantly changing, would have to be calculated and publicized daily. … This particular regulation aims to centralize decision-making at the FDA with a one-size-fits-all approach to an industry that is as diverse as its ingredients.  …As it stands, the FDA’s menu labeling requirement has an estimated compliance cost of nearly $1 billion — and that’s just for grocers. Coupled with the predicted 14.5 million hours of paperwork, this is one of the most expensive and onerous regulations of the entire Obama administration.”

Our Solution“Having reliable nutritional information available is important, so it clarifies the intent of the FDA’s rule and uses technological innovations so people can make informed food decisions while at the same time giving America’s business owners needed flexibility to make it readily available.  …This legislation would give restaurants, grocers, and convenience stores the freedom to provide nutrition information in a way consistent with how they operate and how their customers actually place orders – including by phone, online, or through mobile apps. …The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 is an innovative solution that advances both consumer education and job creation, empowering your favorite deli man, pizza maker, or local convenience store to continue feeding our local economies – instead of spending unnecessary time, energy, and resources on a top-down, one-size-fits-all regulation.”

How it works:…This legislation would give restaurants, grocers, and convenience stores the freedom to provide nutrition information in a way consistent with how they operate and how their customers actually place orders – including by phone, online, or through mobile apps.… We are not debating the merits of calorie counts in restaurants. We are debating if this specific, 400-page rule is workable. In its current form, it’s not.  …Conversely, if something isn’t done, the FDA’s final rule threatens to irreversibly damage many of our nation’s greatest job creators, unnecessarily placing thousands of Americans and their jobs on the chopping block.”

 

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