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House Subcommittee Debates Menu Labeling Requirements

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health last week held a hearing to discuss the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, which would curb specific requirements and clarify aspects of FDA's final menu-labeling rule. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), would still require restaurants to provide calorie counts for regular menu items, but would exempt most grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations and movie theaters from complying with the regulations. The bill also would allow restaurants to provide menu labels online, as opposed to in the store. House lawmakers from both parties have questioned the effectiveness of the labeling rule in improving dietary choices and reducing the incidence of overweight and obesity. Currently, 32 senators, led by Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), are demanding acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff delay the rule until after the 2016 presidential election.

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