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NGA president and CEO Peter J. Larkin comments on the new labeling rules of the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Arlington, VA, 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its plans to finalize two rules requiring that chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations list calorie information on their menus and menu boards. NGA president and CEO, Peter J. Larkin issued the following statement regarding the FDA’s finalized regulations:

“The scope of the nutrition labeling provision as proposed by Congress was to provide a uniform standard for chain restaurant menu labeling, not grocery stores. Grocery stores are not chain restaurants, which is why Congress did not initially include them in the law. We are disappointed that the FDA’s final rules will capture grocery stores, and impose such a large and costly regulatory burden on our members. NGA will continue to work with Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to address this regulatory overreach.”​

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