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July 9 2015

Menu Labeling Delayed

Julie Gunlock

According to The Hill, the FDA is delaying an ObamaCare regulation that requires restaurants to list the number of calories in the food they sell on menus and display boards (I've written on the issue here, here and here).

Restaurants and grocery stores will not have to comply with the contentious new rule until after the 2016 presidential election — at which time a Republican president could choose to scrap the rule altogether.

The controversial menu labeling requirements issued late last year would require major restaurants and grocery stores to calorie counts.

Brace yourself from statements from the White House and Mrs. Obama blaming Republicans for this delay. Neither will admit that this delay is the result of bipartisan concerns about how these regulations will hurt businesses. As The Hill notes, in the House, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) introduced stand-alone legislation that would have scrapped the labeling requirements. In the Senate, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) pushed for a delay. 

This is good news for businesses which are already dealing with crushing new taxes and regulations from Obamacare during a sluggish economic recovery. 

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