Posted November 27, 2013
 
Senators recently introduced legislation that would ease proposed FDA menu labeling requirements for pizza delivery restaurants, grocery stores, and vending machines, according to an Agri-Pulse article available here.
 
FDA issued two proposed regulations, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, that would require calorie labeling on “menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, retail food establishments, and vending machines with 20 or more locations.”
 
Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced S. 1756, the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” last week.  Similar legislation in the House, H.R. 1249, was introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) in March.
 
The American Pizza Community (APC), a coalition representing pizza-related businesses, said the legislation would add flexibility and “reasonable solutions for small business pizza store owners nationwide.”
 
FDA chief Margaret Hamburg said earlier in the month that the regulations would be finalized “soon,” according to an article by The Hill available here.

 

For more information on food labeling, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here.