The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013
A bill to reform the menu labeling regulations. View a list of co-sponsors here:
Pizza store owners support a uniform standard that makes sense for our unique product, business model and customers. We are not seeking an exemption from menu labeling.
With 34 million ways to order a pizza and the majority of delivery and pick-up customers ordering remotely, the FDA’s one-size-fits all solution doesn’t fit.
White House Office of Management and Budget ranked menu labeling as the third most burdensome regulation in 2010. We have proposed innovative, cost-effective solutions that provide more accurate information to our customers where they are actually ordering.
Please support HR 1249, The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013, which would allow more sensible solutions for nutrition disclosure in the pizza industry.
With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set to issue regulations requiring restaurants, supermarkets, and convenience stores to post nutritional information about the prepared foods they sell, a bipartisan group of congressmen has introduced legislation aimed at easing the burden on smaller retailers and take-out food sellers. At a March 21 press conference introducing the bill, McMorris Rodgers “called the [FDA’s] requirements ‘unworkable’ for places like pizza outlets that take custom orders,”
Nutrition Labeling Bill Delivers Common Sense Solutions, Endorsed by the American Pizza Community
The American Pizza Community | March 21, 2013
Washington, D.C. – The American Pizza Community (APC), a coalition of pizza companies, franchisees, suppliers and thousands of employees that make up the pizza industry, today endorsed bipartisan legislation that offers consumers and small businesses practical nutrition disclosure solutions. The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013, introduced this afternoon by sponsor Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA-46), along with original cosponsors John Carter (R-TX-31), John Barrow (D-GA-12), Renee Ellmers (R-NC-2), Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), Todd Rokita (R-IN-4), Reid Ribble (R-WI-8), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX-15), Mike Rogers (R-MI-8), Steve Womack (R-AR-3), Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9), Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2), and Tim Walberg (R-MI-7). The legislation would allow small-business pizza owners to comply with federal menu labeling requirements using innovative approaches that strengthen consumer education and reduce excessive regulatory costs.
The Pizza Police
The National Review | March 5, 2013
Op-ed by: Rep. Fred Upton (MI), chairman of the U.S. House Commerce Committee and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), chairwoman of the U.S. House Republican Conference
The FDA is about to hammer the makers of your favorite deep-dish or thin-crust delight with costly and ineffective new menu-labeling rules that cost a lot of cheese, so to speak, but skimp on real value. The White House Office of Management and Budget calculates that this menu-labeling requirement may be one of the costliest regulations it has ever implemented. We need the bureaucrats to recognize that the industry being regulated just might have a good idea about how to get the same information, or better, to consumers at a lower cost.
How a Federal Menu-Labeling Law Will Harm American Pizza
Reason.com | January 5, 2013
Complying with a proposed FDA menu-labeling rule would be somewhere between costly and impossible for tens of thousands of U.S. pizza and grocery chains. "With 34 million ways to make a pizza, it makes no common sense to require this industry—which already discloses calories voluntarily, for the most part—to attempt to cram this information on menu boards in small storefronts,” says Lynn Liddle, who chairs the American Pizza Community.
Menu mandates: Federal regs gone mad
The Daily Caller | December 11, 2012
By: Rep. John Carter
A pepperoni pizza is not what most people would have dreamed was a target for reform in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Now we are finding out…federal regulators are seeking to take over as editors-in-chief of America’s menus. Section 4205 of PPACA requires every restaurant with 20 or more locations to conduct a nutrition analysis and label any food prepared on-site. The FDA could implement the rule before Congress reconvenes next year, so I’ve worked with my colleague Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and several other members of Congress from both parties to protect small businesses and the public from these nonsense regulations by introducing the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012 (H.R. 6174). Similar legislation has been sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) as S. 3574. Both afford business owners the flexibility they need to give the public access to nutritional information without hurting their businesses.
Pizza shop owners, grocers decry FDA labeling rules
Human Events | December 8, 2012
Operators of restaurant and supermarkets are fighting new FDA rules for implementing section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will force the labeling of fresh made food as packaged food. As the rule is still being written, people affected do not know what they will be doing right or wrong, said Jonathan Sharp, who after the Air Force joined Dominos. “We don’t know what the penalties are, what the enforcement rules are going to be—there is very little we know about doing this wrong,” he said. “All we know about doing it right is that it is going to cost a lot of money.”
Food police now targeting your pizza
Conservative Outlooks | December 7, 2012
There is a little known tidbit that will require the pizza industry, and possibly grocery stores and convenience stores, to display the calorie count in their products for their customers. Even vending machines. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jenny Fouracre-Petko, member of the trade group American Pizza Community. Ms. Fouracre-Petko has done the math for the infinite combinations of pizzas Dominos can prepare, and it comes out to a whopping 34,000,000.
VIDEO – Fox & Friends
Impact of New Measure to List Calories for All Food Items
November 30, 2012
Fox & Friends interview Lynn Liddle, Chair of the American Pizza Community about the impact of the new calorie labeling laws on the pizza industry.
November 29, 2012
New regulations targeting the fast food and grocery store market that require signs detailing calorie and nutritional information on every product: One for every possible pizza order. "Pizza is customizable, there are options to factor in," said Jenny Fouracre-Petko, legislative director for Domino's and a member of the trade group American Pizza Community. "There are 34 million pizza combinations. We've done the math."
FoxNews.Com, Op-Ed by Steve Forbes
Let’s Rein in ‘Food Police’ Bureaucrats and Get Real about Nutrition Information
November 27, 2012
Here’s food for thought! Despite the looming “fiscal cliff,” a national debt standing at $16 trillion and counting, and high unemployment rates, our federal government continues to create heavy-handed, and often times unnecessary, regulations for our small businesses -- the true engines of the nation’s economic growth. A case in point is a pending federal regulation dealing not with America’s many pressing financial needs, but the calorie count of food at your local restaurant.
The Washington Times
Menu Labeling Editorial
November 23, 2012
A provision requiring restaurant menus to display calorie counts might seem like a minor addition to legislation representing the takeover of one-sixth of the economy, but the seemingly simple addition will cost billions. President Obama's own Office of Management and Budget listed the menu display imposition as the third most burdensome statutory requirement enacted that year, forcing retail outlets to expend 14,536,183 work hours every year just to keep Uncle Sam happy.
Label This: Regulatory Caucus Briefs on Menu Labeling Requirement
House Moves to Untangle Federal Menu Labeling Red Tape
American Pizza Community Endorses Common Sense Nutrition Labeling Bill