Lewis: Keep government out of dinner menus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after cosponsoring H.R. 772, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act:
“Consumer choice is so important- and especially when it comes to what to have for dinner. Restaurants and grocers should be allowed flexible standards for calorie-counts and nutrition content without the government threatening criminal penalties. I’m proud to support a bipartisan bill that makes life easier for small businesses and keeps your food, your choice.”
Background: The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act is a bipartisan bill providing flexibility for small businesses, restaurants, grocery stores, and other retailers as to how they provide nutritional information. The current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations are set to go into effect on May 5, 2017, and are overly complex as well as difficult if not impossible to implement. The rule has been estimated to cost grocers alone $1 billion to implement, with 14.5 million hours of paperwork required across the entire industry. H.R. 772 makes common sense reforms to allow business to provide practical and usable information to their customers, for example via an online menu if they primarily deliver, while still ensuring consumers have access to the nutritional information they need.