House panel clears bill to roll back menu labeling regs

House panel clears bill to roll back menu labeling regs
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Legislation aiming to loosen regulations requiring restaurants and grocery stores to list the number of calories in each prepared food item they sell cleared a key House panel Wednesday.

The bipartisan Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, introduced by Reps. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersConservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Race heats up for top GOP post on powerful Energy and Commerce Committee Hillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video MORE (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) in April, was approved by a voice vote in the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on healt, sending the bill to the full committee for further consideration.

A companion bill is also being pushed in the Senate by Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP vows quick confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court pick amid coronavirus turmoil This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight Schumer demands Senate coronavirus testing program after Trump diagnosis MORE (R-Mo.) and Angus KingAngus KingPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Hopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Government watchdog recommends creation of White House cyber director position MORE (I-Maine).


The menu labeling requirements, required under ObamaCare, have come under fire from industry groups and a hot of lawmakers. Pizza joints are particularly concerned that the endless possibilities of toppings could make it nearly impossible to comply with.

"This regulation tries a cookie cutter approach, treating grocers, convenience stores, and pizzerias with endless combination possibilities the same way as restaurants with constant, simple menu items,” Rodgers said. "Requiring pizza franchises to post in their store every potential topping combination, more than 34 million possible outcomes, when more than 90 percent of their orders take place over the phone or the Internet, just doesn’t make sense."

Some estimates put the compliance costs for industry at more than $1 billion.