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Uproar over ObamaCare’s menu rules
The Hill ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Goad

Posted on 02/19/2014 8:54:58 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under ObamaCare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to finalizing a rule requiring calorie labels on vending machines and at restaurants and “similar retail food establishments.” Proposed in 2011, the regulations stem from the Affordable Care Act and are designed to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices.

But the group of 24 lawmakers said the draft regulations, which apply to restaurants with 20 or more locations, go beyond Congress’ intent and would create painful new expenses for certain businesses, including delivery joints and eateries that specialize in made-to-order dishes

“Specifically, the proposed rule limits the ability of businesses to determine for themselves how best to provide nutritional information to customers,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. “As a result, the proposal harms both those non-restaurants that were not intended to be captured by the menu labeling law as well as those restaurants that have flexibility and variability in the foods they offer.”

The lawmakers pressed the FDA to limit the scope of the regulations, which they say would harm small businesses that are already complying separately with the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act.

Pizza places and grocery stores in particular have complained about the draft standards, saying they would be all but impossible to maintain. For instance, there are 34 million different combinations of pizza toppings, according to an industry trade group. It’s impractical to require that they list calorie counts for all of the options, they say.

The lawmakers, led by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), are pushing legislation that would limit the scope of the menu rule to businesses where food service is the primary source of revenue, allow delivery restaurants to post their nutritional information online and allow firms to choose between multiple approaches for labeling made-to-order items.

The bill, which also would limit penalties for labeling mistakes, has attracted more than 50 co-sponsors, and there is companion legislation in the Senate.

“Yet, to date there is little evidence to suggest that the FDA has considered these alternatives,” the lawmakers wrote to Hamburg. “Instead, it appears that the FDA has withdrawn from interacting with affected industries and instead proceeded on a path that will unnecessarily burden many small businesses across the country.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Education; Food; Government; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: fda; food; health; menulabeling; nannystates; nutrition; obamacare; restaurants

1 posted on 02/19/2014 8:54:58 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Obamacare Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 02/19/2014 8:56:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


3 posted on 02/19/2014 8:58:23 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Weight” checks
Kiddie school weight checks
Home Refrigerator inspections
Extortion-Care Concentration Camp. U.S. Territory


4 posted on 02/19/2014 9:13:07 PM PST by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Varsity Flight

Free Government Inspections


5 posted on 02/19/2014 9:18:17 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

0bamaCare rules are supposed to be painful. If you’re still in business five years from now 0bama will have failed his mission.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 9:18:18 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

Happiness Health Checks


7 posted on 02/19/2014 9:19:06 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The king has spoken.


8 posted on 02/19/2014 9:19:32 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: shineon

Our way or the highway


9 posted on 02/19/2014 9:19:52 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: shineon

Eat your greens and don’t forget the truck that brought em in.


10 posted on 02/19/2014 9:20:47 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: shineon

Frank Zappa - prophet...

Eat your greens
Don’t forget your beans & celery
Don’t forget to bring
Your fake I.D.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 9:22:50 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: shineon

If they come around here to check on my health there won’t be much happiness at all. ;-)


12 posted on 02/19/2014 9:22:58 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

government gulag health principles


13 posted on 02/19/2014 9:25:04 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: shineon

health violators will be towed.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 9:27:12 PM PST by shineon (.)
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It’s just a tax. Isn’t that so, Judge Roberts.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 9:27:35 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: shineon
bacon grease molotov cocktails

lol

16 posted on 02/19/2014 9:28:15 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Repeal OBAMACARE!

A platform issue screaming for adoption by a second party.

Tear down the ruling class!


17 posted on 02/19/2014 9:29:08 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Gene Eric

They are drowning in debt, up to their ears and beyond. How in the world can they ever possibly keep up with the payments. I hope they don’t get sick.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 9:29:51 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: shineon

stay in shape or else.


19 posted on 02/19/2014 9:30:51 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: shineon

vote for us. we’ll give you free stuff.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 9:32:20 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Look, Maude…the Triple Bacon Tummy Buster has 1,920 calories!!”
“Sho ‘nuf, Goober. Why don’t you order two today instead of your usual three?”


21 posted on 02/19/2014 9:32:34 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: right way right

Tear down the ruling class!

I like that. How about "Destroy" or "Crush" or "Annihilate" or "Wipe Out" instead of "Tear down"?

22 posted on 02/19/2014 9:33:57 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: shineon

23 posted on 02/19/2014 9:35:15 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Eat.
I like that.


24 posted on 02/19/2014 9:39:48 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe they could just list it as 10000 calories or less. Seems that that would put the consumer on notice and skirt the regulation...


25 posted on 02/19/2014 9:40:10 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

26 posted on 02/19/2014 9:41:29 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The government power grab continues......


27 posted on 02/19/2014 9:42:28 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: shineon

Just watched it again a couple nights ago — maybe first time in 20 years! Great flick. I guess your allegory is to the fed gov?


28 posted on 02/19/2014 9:48:08 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: headstamp 2

29 posted on 02/19/2014 9:48:24 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: Slyfox

NO FOOD FOR YOU!!!


30 posted on 02/19/2014 10:04:26 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
But the group of 24 lawmakers said the draft regulations, which apply to restaurants with 20 or more locations, go beyond Congress’ intent and would create painful new expenses for certain businesses, including delivery joints and eateries that specialize in made-to-order dishes

I thought it was Congress' intent "to pass the bill to find out what's in it." At least that was the Democrats' intent as not one single Republican voted for it.

31 posted on 02/20/2014 12:33:24 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Fast food restaurants have already been suffering. Now they're going for the middle class chains.

The elites want to control what we eat. Can a movement be any more draconian?

32 posted on 02/20/2014 9:54:24 AM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

Please Sir “I want some more”


33 posted on 02/20/2014 12:21:25 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: what's up
Can a movement be any more draconian?

Only if they start telling you where to pee.

34 posted on 02/20/2014 7:13:40 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Only if they start telling you where to pee.

One of the last great things about being a man is that the world is my urinal.

35 posted on 02/21/2014 12:27:43 PM PST by elkfersupper
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