Calorie rule under fire from lawmakers

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing pressure on Capitol Hill to roll back a controversial ObamaCare rule that requires restaurants and grocery stores to list the number of calories in menu items.

Industry groups say the rule is overly broad and would be costly to comply with, particularly for small businesses.

{mosads}The controversial calorie counting requirements would be scaled down under the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act introduced Thursday by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Angus King (I-Maine).

It’s the latest congressional attack on the Obama administration’s prized menu labeling rule. In July, the FDA agreed to postpone the rule until after the 2016 presidential elections, following a letter from a bipartisan group of 32 senators.

The latest bill, which does not currently have any Democratic co-sponsors, would loosen the menu labeling requirements and postpone the compliance deadline even further.

In the House, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) are pushing similar legislation that would curb the menu labeling requirements.

Under their legislation, the menu labeling requirements would still apply to restaurants, but most grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations and movie theaters would be exempt.

The bill has 89 co-sponsors, including a handful of Democrats. 

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