Failure to Repeal Obamacare Leads to a Fight

A FOOD-FIGHT, that is, over menu-labeling

Richard Root
April 18, 2017 - 6:32 am
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(WBEN) - This May, the menu-labeling provision of Obamacare goes into full effect and it's causing the pizza industry to lose its lunch.

A new menu-labeling law is supposed to take effect May 5. It's a provision of Obamacare that requires food-retail establishments with 20 or more locations to post signs that list the calorie count for every item on their menus - and for every variation of those items.

A Domino's Pizza executive did the math and, for them, that means 34,000,000 possible variations. You can imagine the size of that menu.

The law says this has to be on signs inside the restaurant. The questions, then, are who goes to take out/delivery place to order food?  Where would they put a sign large enough to list 34,000,000 variations?

The American Pizza Community, or, better known as the pizza lobby, is trying hard to have the law changed.  Their last chance is to slip something into the 2017 appropriations bill which is due April 28.

And while menu-labeling advocates say the pizza lobby is just trying to get out listing the calories in its food, the pizza lobby says they're trying avoid an additional 5-thousand-dollars in extra costs annually to comply, and not have an mammoth menu inside the little store-fronts.

Indeed, the big boys do have the calories on their sites. To handle all of the variations they use sophisticated calculators instead of simple, but super long, lists.

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