The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday giving greater flexibility to restaurants and grocery stores in complying with an Obamacare regulation that mandated every food item be labeled with calorie counts.
The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, sponsored by House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.), passed on a 266 to 157 vote, with 32 Democrats joining Republicans.
“This bill isn’t about the merits of calorie counts; it’s about providing flexibility for businesses to provide that information in a way that makes sense for them and their customers,” McMorris Rodgers said. “The one-size-fits-all approach proposed by the FDA is problematic, and by bringing this rule into the 21st Century, customers can trust they are getting the reliable information they need in an easy-to-access, consumer-friendly way.”
The Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance in an attempt to make it easier for chain restaurants and groceries to comply last November. The Trump administration guidance, which followed several rounds of guidance from the Obama administration, still left confusion over how to comply.
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