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Obama health care plan food labeling requirements

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I just finished reading a long article about who will now be required to put nutritional and calorie labeling on foods, and bakeries were included in the list. My husband heard the same thing on the news earlier today. It said that small businesses and bakeries will need to send out samples to be tested at labs (for a substantial fee). Considering the wide variety of choices that I offer, I see no possible way that I could handle doing that and it would put me out of business. Some groups with a strong lobby presence are fighting to be excluded, but it seems to be mostly grocery store chains that have delis. Anyone able to shed some light on this? Perhaps CC needs a letter-writing campaign.

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icon_eek.gif, that is not good, can you tell me where I can find the article?

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I don't know much about it, but what I've read it was for businesses with 20 or more locations. It really wouldn't affect independent bakeries.
 

Its difficult to find unbiased information- most of it is so politically charged you can't trust the information, but here's one site I read:

 

http://www.consumeradvertisinglawblog.com/2013/02/fda-proposes-new-food-labeling-rule-are-plumper-prices-going-to-be-the-cost-of-whittled-waistlines-.html

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Justme50 -- I oh so hope you're right. The article was in today's Traverse City Record-Eagle.

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Yes, it is 20 or more locations, but each state and/or locality has it's own rules about labeling so you should start there. This is a federal requirement. 

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Originally Posted by handymama View Post

Justme50 -- I oh so hope you're right. The article was in today's Traverse City Record-Eagle.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/06/jail-time-for-food-labels/

 

They say it is for grocery store chains and restaurants.


Edited by enga - 3/14/13 at 4:41pm
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Its for businesses with more than 20 employees.  FDA is having problems with implementation.

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The articles I read say it's number of locations, not employees:

 

"The FDA’s proposed rule would require calorie labels on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and retail food establishments − including grocery and convenience stores as well as coffee and pastry shops − with 20 or more locations nationwide."

 

And you're right, they've been refining the requirements for 3 years and still don't have it down. I don't look for it to be implemented anytime soon and when it is, probably watered down to where it really isn't that big a deal.
 

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When looking for information about a law it's best to get that information directly from the organization responsible for enforcing the law, in this case the FDA:
http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ucm248732.htm

If you have less than 20 locations, you are exempt from this law. It's technically possible that a state, county, or local govt could introduce similar requirements that cover food establishments with fewer than 20 locations (with increased oversight/enforcement costs to match), but personally I would be more worried about an asteroid hitting your kitchen.

CA has had this law in place for some time now, and it makes it so much easier to order a reasonably healthy meal in terms of calories and carb/fat/protein balance.
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but personally I would be more worried about an asteroid hitting your kitchen.

HHaaaa hhah ha, Good one jason_kraft,  I guess we should worry about other things,  Its nice to know that us little guys won't be affected right away by these new laws, it is food for thought though.

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