U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) last week introduced S. 3574, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012, which would allow more flexibility for retailers as they seek to comply with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulations regarding calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, other food retail establishments, and on vending machines.
As part of the President's healthcare law, FDA rules require any chain restaurant or similar retail food establishment with 20 or more locations under the same banner to display calorie counts on menus and menu boards for all prepared and packaged food items for sale. In addition, buffets and salad bars must contain caloric information “adjacent” to the item.
Texas Rep. John Carter (R) in July introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. NATSO joins the convenience store, grocery and pizza industry in support of these menu-labeling reforms.
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