Bipartisan legislation to address problems with FDA menu labeling

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) renewed the supermarket industry’s support for the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772/S. 261). This bipartisan legislation introduced today (February 2, 2017) addresses persistent problems with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) menu labeling final rule. FMI urges support of this legislation to allow these changes to be enacted and implemented prior to FDA’s upcoming compliance date, scheduled to be on May 5, 2017.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin stated:

“We applaud Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME), and their bipartisan co-sponsors for their continued commitment to addressing the problems supermarkets have been facing with a “square-peg-in-a-round-hole” approach to FDA’s application of menu labeling in grocery stores. The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772/S. 261) is exactly what its title indicates: a sensible approach to providing nutrition transparency to customers while providing flexibility for supermarkets to successfully implement the requirements of the regulation. We commit our support to enacting this critical legislation as soon as possible and for actions to be taken so these modifications can be implemented prior to FDA’s moving forward with compliance enforcement.”

Key provisions of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act:

  • Protects local food items only sold at a few stores
  • Allows the use of a menu or menu board in a prepared foods area
  • Ensures advertisements, signs and other marketing materials are not regulated as “menus”
  • Allows use of a website or app as a means for compliance for ordered items, such as pre-ordered sandwiches, catering or delivery.
  • Secures enforcement and liability protections for good-faith compliance efforts and inadvertent human errors

FMI seeks passage of this legislation because despite the supermarket industry’s numerous meetings, conference calls, and conversations with the agency at all levels over the last six years, FDA did not fix these problems in its final rule or its guidance, which has ultimately led to complications, confusion, and delays. The text of the legislation being introduced today mirrors that passed with broad bipartisan support in the previous congress by the House of Representatives. FMI is very grateful to Representatives McMorris Rodgers and Cardenas, and Senators Blunt and King for their leadership.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit


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Gap Inc. applauds the bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and enable a robust trade agenda to bolster U.S. economic growth and competitiveness

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-4-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today applauded the introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and enable a robust trade agenda to bolster U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. The legislation would help open the door to new markets for U.S. goods and services, help level the playing field for American retailers, and support well–paying U.S. Jobs.

“Trade is vital to the global competitiveness of Gap Inc., and supports more than 110,000 Gap Inc. employees across the United States,” said Sonia Syngal, executive vice president of global supply chain and product operations, Gap Inc. “We thank Senators Hatch and Wyden, as well as Congressman Ryan, for their efforts to craft bipartisan legislation that will help us to create new economic opportunities and grow our business. TPA is key to making sure U.S. companies and workers get the best possible outcomes in trade agreements, and we strongly encourage Congress and the President to work together to enact it as soon as possible.”

The TPA legislation introduced today includes significant improvements to the 2002 TPA law and recognizes changes in the U.S. economy, such as the prevalence of global value chains to support U.S. jobs. The bill also sets negotiating objectives on fair competition with state-owned enterprises, labor and environmental standards, and enhanced procedures to ensure Congressional oversight and public input on U.S. trade negotiations.

“Given the ambitious trade negotiations already underway, including the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Congress urgently needs to enact TPA legislation to make clear its trade priorities. TPA will help to achieve to the best possible TPP that opens new markets and raises standards to protect workers and the environment in our trading partner countries,” Syngal added.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $16.4 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit