Last updated on June 22nd, 2015 at 12:43 pm
House Republicans are proposing a one-year delay on new FDA menu labeling rules that require restaurants, convenience stores, pizza chains and grocery stores to display the calorie counts of their food items. Without a delay, the requirements are scheduled to take effect in December. The proposed delay was included in an agriculture spending bill.
Earlier this month, E-Z Mart CEO Sonja Hubbard, former National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) chairman, testified on behalf of NACS at a federal hearing on the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. That bipartisan legislation would revise the FDA’s menu labeling regulations by providing covered restaurants and other retail food establishments with more flexibility in how they provide calorie information to consumers.
In her testimony, Hubbard urged the committee to pass House Resolution 2017 as expeditiously as possible in light of the rapidly approaching Dec. 1 compliance deadline under FDA’s rules.
“The convenience store industry strongly supports…efforts to provide consumers the nutrition information they want. The industry simply wants to be able to provide this information in ways that are practical for our businesses and useful for our customers,” said Hubbard.