THATCHER: Common sense for restaurant-menu labeling
The Washington Times | January 30, 2014
One major problem with Obamacare that the president failed to mention in his State of the Union address is pending regulations that could make food more costly. The law’s Section 4205 requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to list calorie-content information for each menu item on a board at every establishment.
Angus King wary of calorie labeling rules for restaurants, stores
Morning Sentinel | January 21, 2014
When Sen. Angus King shows up Thursday at a Domino’s pizza parlor in Standish, he will highlight his fight against proposed rules to specify how restaurant chains inform consumers about the number of calories in the food they buy.
The rules, passed as part of the Affordable Care Act but not yet finalized, call for nutrition labeling of “standard” menu items by chains with 20 or more restaurants, as well as convenience stores and grocery stores that sell ready-to-eat foods such as hot dogs and salads.
Common-sense food disclosures
Detroit News | November 25, 2013
As leaders of the pizza, grocery, and convenience store industries with deep roots in Michigan, we greatly support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013, H.R. 1249, which makes greatly needed changes to the menu labeling rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.
American Pizza Community Supports Senate Menu Labeling Bill
November 21, 2013
Washington, D.C., November 21, 2013 – The American Pizza Community (APC), a coalition representing pizza-related enterprises large and small across all 50 states, today endorsed bipartisan Senate legislation to allow pizza stores to provide accurate nutritional information to customers in a common-sense manner.
How Obamacare Will Try to Control What You Eat
The Foundry (Heritage) | November 20, 2013
Did you know there are 34 million different ways to make a Domino’s pizza?
Mary Lynne Carraway can’t fit that on a menu board. But that’s what Obamacare says she has to do: Put up a menu board in each of her 60 Domino’s stores that tells people the calorie count of every possible combination. Of course, all the information is already available online.
“Right now I’m 60 to 70 percent Internet,” Carraway said of her business. “So people can go online and they can look at the nutritional values because it’s all broken up there.”
What would it mean for each of her stores to have to install such a menu board? A cost of about $5,000 per store—and that hits the managers and employees of each store. Those people aren’t numbers; Carraway knows her workers well.
“I have managers that worked for me that some of them have gone to law school, some of them have been accountants,” she said, proud that she is helping people achieve the American dream. And she has worked hard, even though she never intended to be a business owner.
Maine Voices: Menu mandate will place costly burden on small-business owners
Portland Press Herald | November 16, 2013
Having risen from a delivery driver to a successful Domino’s Pizza franchisee, I take pride in the fact that I am part of a great American industry. We keep our economy strong by employing more than a million Americans, giving them opportunities to move up and open their own pizza businesses.
Unfortunately, the entrepreneurial spirit of businesses like mine is being threatened by the prospect of burdensome and unnecessary red tape from Washington, D.C. This threatens to deprive other Americans of the same opportunities for success that I have been fortunate to experience.
FDA Chief: Calorie labeling rules more difficult than expected
The Hill | November 5, 2013
New regulations requiring most restaurants to post calorie information about their food were difficult to write but will be out “soon,” according to the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said at an event sponsored by Bloomberg Government on Tuesday that crafting the rules, which will apply to restaurants with 20 or more locations, was “more complicated” than she originally expected.
When she first heard that the agency would be in charge of issuing the regulations under the Affordable Care Act, Hamburg said she “actually thought that will be one of the most straightforward tasks.”
“Little did I know how complicated it would be,” she said, to determine which establishments would be required to post the information.
Business Forum: Spare our menus from bureaucratic overreach
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 5, 2013
The FDA is completing new regulations for adding calorie labeling on restaurant menus, mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Although we support providing consumers with increased access to nutritional information, the agency's proposed regulations are expensive and ineffective.
Despite Push For Healthier Options, Restaurant Meals Stay Same In Calories And Sodium
Huffington Post | October 4, 2013
Even as restaurants make changes to their menus to provide "healthier" options, the number of average calories and sodium in a meal remains the same, according to a new study.
Researchers from the RAND Corp. and the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System found that in the spring of 2010, an entree from a U.S. chain restaurant had an average of 670 calories. But when they looked at the average calorie counts in a meal a year later in the spring of 2011, there had been no change.
U.S. REP. HENRY CUELLAR: Taking personal responsibility with health care
The Monitor | September 29, 2013
Every car you pass on Texas highways is required to have auto insurance so that in the event of an accident, you do not have to take responsibility for them. That is one of the purposes of the Affordable Care Act: asking all Americans to take personal responsibility for their own health costs so that local taxpayers like you and I don’t get stuck with the bill. The other purpose is to make affordable care available to all families.
The latest U.S. Census reports that in Texas, 6.1 million or 23 percent of the state’s population do not have health insurance. This includes 1.2 million children. That means one out of every four people in Texas live without health insurance. My congressional district specifically has one of the highest rates of uninsured Americans in the country.
Menu Labeling Regulations Need Revision | Letter to the Editor
Roll Call | September 25, 2013
Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Tom Harkin’s Sept. 16 piece, “Menu Labeling Will Empower Americans to Make Healthy Choices,” inadvertently proves just how menu labeling regulations, currently under review at the Food and Drug Administration, need to be rewritten so they are applied as intended.
Let’s be clear, “the small minority of food industry participants,” including the convenience stores I represent, as well as grocers and many others, are not looking to “evade” any responsibility. In fact, most food sold in convenience stores is already packaged with labels that have far more information than the restaurants will be required to provide. What we are looking for is a flexible regulation that does not lump all businesses into the same bucket.
Menu Labeling will be "Rigid, Simplisitic, Expansive"
The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing | September 5, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – What can Washington do to help the economy grow? Not enact badly written menu-labeling regulations, said Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) in an op-ed piece in the Washington Times.
With Michigan’s unemployment rate hovering above 8% since July 2008, Walberg wrote that, “Washington has struggled to enact policies that would restore growth — lowering taxes, reducing energy costs and improving worker training — and instead enacted bureaucratic rules that ensnare the productive private sector.” This is seen particularly in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) menu labeling rules. “While the objective of increased information for consumers may seem reasonable, the actual regulations are poorly designed, promise to be both costly and ineffective, and will kill jobs,” Walberg said in the piece.
The Food Police: From Menu Labeling to Soda Bans
The Heritage Foundation | September 23, 2013
Politicians on both the federal and state levels are pushing new policies calling for government intervention in the dietary choices of Americans. These new policies range from Obamacare’s menu labeling mandate to New York City’s soda ban. There is an underlying assumption that the government knows the best dietary choices for the public and Americans are making the “wrong” choices. Even when research and experience show that mandatory labeling does not work, this failure only helps the food police justify even greater governmental intervention. Join us as we examine these issues and identify recommendations that would take us off this dangerous road towards government control of one of the most basic functions of our lives: what we eat.
The New Menu Labeling: From Information to Misdirection
The Center for Consumer Freedom | September 3, 2013
The recently concluded campaign by the food police to mandate calorie counts on restaurant menu boards appears unlikely to seriously change obesity rates. A significant body of research indicates that consumers simply ignore the counts and make decisions based on taste and price.
The extra information probably isn’t hurting anybody so long as it’s generally accurate. Unfortunately, would-be food regulators are going to every effort to make consumers care, even to the point of misleading them. Scientific American promotes one such misleading scheme, giving a blog post to describe “exercise equivalent” calorie labeling. But this supposedly clever scheme is really a proposal for the government to mislead the public in the service of the food police.
Menu Labeling Red Tape
American Action Forum | August 28, 2013
By: Sam Batkins
Later this month, the administration could release a final rule mandating calorie labels for restaurants and grocery stores. Original estimates found more than 280 million establishments would have to labor for more than 14.1 million hours annually to complete the menu labeling regulation. To put this in perspective, that’s almost twice the entire paperwork burden of the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs.
Beyond these topline burdens, there are of course real consequences for businesses trying to comply with the law. For example, the Food and Drug Administration estimates the cost to determine calorie information for a single item is $275, with initial high-end costs per establishment of $44,000, and $5,000 in recurring costs.
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.
Takeout Menus and the Specter of Red Tape
Bloomberg | July 4, 2013
Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA-46) wrote an OpEd, “Takeout Menus and the Specter of Red Tape” that was featured in Bloomberg on July 4, emphasizing the need for reforms in the FDA’s upcoming menu labeling regulations. McMorris Rodgers and Sanchez are the lead sponsors of HR 1249, “The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act,” a bipartisan bill that the American Pizza Community strongly supports that would allow for common-sense compliance solutions for disclosing nutrition information, like online labeling and labeling pizza by the slice. In the article, the Representatives note that, “Aside from proving that bipartisanship isn’t dead, the legislation would limit unnecessary bureaucratic intervention in the private sector. Through such cooperation, Congress can advance crucial regulatory relief as the economy continues to struggle.”
Calorie Display Rules Delayed by Blowback
Bloomberg | May 9, 2013
Video: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) on Fox News – Effort to Limit Regulations on Restaurants
Fox News | March 24, 2013
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