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house Bill H.R. 2017

Should the FDA’s Nutritional Information Disclosure Requirement be Delayed?

Argument in favor

Nutritional disclosures shouldn’t be imposed on restaurants until all regulations on the matter are final. Businesses need more time and options to adapt to the new regulations.

Richard's Opinion
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02/11/2016
It's amazing how people have been able to eat for thousands of years without FDA labels on everything. This is yet another useless regulation that does little or nothing for anyone but the regulators. It's costly to comply so why not delay it until it's full impact can be understood. A better option would be to do away with it altogether. Why not tell people about the GMO content of their food which would actually have some value.
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operaman's Opinion
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02/11/2016
Not Delay, but shut down. The Government has no business involving their regulations in my cooking or diet. The Government certainly can not handle our drinking water (Flint or Animas River).
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Steve's Opinion
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02/11/2016
Because as Americans, we should have the freedom to be able to decide what, when and how we want to eat.... I'm sick and tired of this nanny state telling me what I need and what I don't need. THAT IS NOT THEIR JOB.
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Argument opposed

These nutritional disclosure requirements shouldn’t be delayed. Consumers have the right to know all the nutritional information of the food they are buying so they can make informed decisions.

Kaitlyn's Opinion
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02/11/2016
This is vital information that the public needs to know. It shouldn't be pushed back or banned. People have the right to know what they're consuming.
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Alis's Opinion
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02/11/2016
There is so much industry opposition which leads me to think they are hiding things consumers need to know. It is important that citizens have access to all information to make healthy choices about food & water. Otherwise we are courting a major public health crisis.
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jjennetta8's Opinion
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02/12/2016
To delay more consumer protection legislation would be a victory for the multinational corporations built on feeding American people unhealthy products. We have to continue to transition towards clean, wholesome, NON-GMO, and sustainable eating. Allowing businesses and restaurants the ability to continue to keep secret what each American eats is blatantly disrespecting the consumer and profiting off their deliberate ignorance. Transparency between business and consumer must be achieved and this bill hinders that.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2017?

This bill would revise the nutritional information that certain restaurants and retail food establishments have to disclose to consumers. The requirements came from a 2014 rule on labeling from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

The rule applies to restaurants and other food retailers that receive more than half of their revenue from food sales. It establishes specific nutrition facts that food vendors must provide, including the number of:

  • Calories in the whole menu item;

  • Servings and the calories per serving;

  • Calories per common unit of a food item for multi-serving items that are divided before serving.

Nutritional information can be given on a remote-access menu (like an internet menu) for businesses where food orders are mostly placed off the premises. Establishments with self-serve food can comply with the requirements for restaurants or place signs with nutritional information next to each food item.

A company’s nutrient content disclosures would be considered to have a “reasonable basis” if they fall within acceptable allowances for variation, like serving size, ingredients, and accidental human error.

Establishments with standard menu items that come in different flavors, varieties, or combinations that are listed as a single menu item can determine and disclose nutritional information using specified methods or those used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Regulations created as a result of this legislation cannot take effect earlier than two years after the final regulations are released.

Impact

Consumers of food, food vendors, and the FDA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2017

$9.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $9 million over the 2016-2021 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced this legislation to protect food vendors from an “unworkable” FDA regulation that would otherwise affect grocery stores, restaurants, and other food establishments:

“In their current form, menu labeling regulations are fundamentally impractical and unnecessarily expensive. Compliance with this regulation is estimated to cost American businesses more than $1 billion and 500,000 hours of paperwork. This is time, energy, and financial resources that should be spent on creating jobs and building up the economy – not on paperwork. That’s why, with the input of stakeholders and my colleagues, I introduced H.R. 2017. This legislation is commonsense and provides access to calorie information in a practical, flexible, and simpler manner by clarifying – not significantly altering – complicated regulations.”

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed this legislation on a vote of 36-12 with one member voting present. Currently the bill has the support of 99 cosponsors in the House, including eight Democrats and 91 Republicans.


Of Note: The FDA first proposed its nutritional information rule in April 2011 before taking their final action in July 2011. After receiving public comments, the FDA delayed the rule’s effective date from six months after the rule’s final publication to one year, before again extending the compliance date to December 1, 2016.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Laine Trees)

AKA

Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve and clarify certain disclosure requirements for restaurants and similar retail food establishments, and to amend the authority to bring proceedings under section 403A.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed February 12th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 266 Yea / 144 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedApril 23rd, 2015

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    It's amazing how people have been able to eat for thousands of years without FDA labels on everything. This is yet another useless regulation that does little or nothing for anyone but the regulators. It's costly to comply so why not delay it until it's full impact can be understood. A better option would be to do away with it altogether. Why not tell people about the GMO content of their food which would actually have some value.
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    This is vital information that the public needs to know. It shouldn't be pushed back or banned. People have the right to know what they're consuming.
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    There is so much industry opposition which leads me to think they are hiding things consumers need to know. It is important that citizens have access to all information to make healthy choices about food & water. Otherwise we are courting a major public health crisis.
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    Not Delay, but shut down. The Government has no business involving their regulations in my cooking or diet. The Government certainly can not handle our drinking water (Flint or Animas River).
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    To delay more consumer protection legislation would be a victory for the multinational corporations built on feeding American people unhealthy products. We have to continue to transition towards clean, wholesome, NON-GMO, and sustainable eating. Allowing businesses and restaurants the ability to continue to keep secret what each American eats is blatantly disrespecting the consumer and profiting off their deliberate ignorance. Transparency between business and consumer must be achieved and this bill hinders that.
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    Adapt to what? Your ingredients are your ingredients, now, tomorrow, two years from now. If your putting something in your food that I may not want to eat I have a right to know. And if you have a problem being upfront about it then I have a problem eating in your establishment.
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    They have had plenty of time to implement this and this is the second time we spent multi millions to delay it! We have the right to know what's in our food and its nutritional value. I like to eat out, but many times I have discovered that the choice I thought was healthy, was in fact not even close. If restaurants are forced to implement this, then watch how fast they start making healthier choices available to the public. Those telling me to stay home and cook can go back to the 50's where they belong! I have the right to eat out and know what I am eating at the same time! These restaurants know exactly what this information is. Despite the claim, this is not a huge loss to business. They just print the info they already have on menus and their website. Done!
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    People should have more easily accessible information about what's in their food. I like to eat health and this makes it easier.
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    Because as Americans, we should have the freedom to be able to decide what, when and how we want to eat.... I'm sick and tired of this nanny state telling me what I need and what I don't need. THAT IS NOT THEIR JOB.
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    Consumers deserve to know what is in the food they eat, mainly so they can discern for themselves what food items they shouldn't eat. Anyone already forget Chipotle?
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    It's time to start making nutritional choices clear to all Americans, as we are one of the least healthy nations in the world. Forcing vendors to show consumers the facts about food and allowing all Americans to make informed choices can't hurt.
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    People need to know this information in order to make informed decisions about what to eat. Why should that information be hidden any longer?
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    In an era of processed foods & Frankenstein'd ingredients, consumers want to know where our food comes from, what it is made of & how many parts are combined to make its ingredients. Delaying or distorting this data any further endangers public health.
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    Business has known about this since 2011. Five years is enough for them to get it together. Like with GMO labeling, consumers have the right to know what is in their food.
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    I think it is a good idea to require this information but I don't think a lot of resources should be poured into enforcing it. I dunno for me personally this just isn't super high on the priority list. If businesses need a little more time that's fine with me
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    Trying to change, ammend, and adjust takes a while for business. Believe me, if it were the government, 2 years would probably be 20 years
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    Why is the Federal Government even involved at this level??
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    As a type 1 diabetic, this information is necessary for me to survive and takes out guessing on carbs counts which can lead to long term health issues.
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    Decreases consumer awareness
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    The FDA is there to "Protect" us. Who is telling them not to give this information out?
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