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Burgess Comments on Trump Administration’s Decision to Delay Obama-era Menu-Labeling Rule

May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today issued the following statement after the Trump administration issued a one year delay of the onerous Obama-era menu-labeling rule:

“While some businesses in the food industry have invested significant resources to be able to provide meaningful nutrition information to consumers, the Obama administration’s menu-labeling rule was costly, burdensome, and unworkable for many,” said Chairman Burgess. “I am encouraged that FDA will reopen the comment period, allowing all parties to weigh in on how the regulatory burden can be minimized so a more reasonable standard can take shape.”

Last Congress, the House passed Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ (R-WA) H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. H.R. 2017 sought to provide flexibility and freedom for restaurants, grocers, and convenience stores to provide nutrition information that works for both the consumer and businesses.

As introduced last Congress, the bill would increase access to information, prevent frivolous lawsuit prevention for individuals and businesses, allow businesses to provide customized menu information and protect small businesses.

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