The FDA is dragging its feet on writing new menu labeling laws as strong opinions from...


The FDA is dragging its feet on writing new menu labeling laws as strong opinions from supermarkets and convenience stores hold up the process. Though the restaurant industry in general is on board with disclosing calorie counts, grocery stores (SVU, KR, SWY, WFM) oppose it due to the "billion dollar" investment it would take to implement a calorie count on every non-packaged item.

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  • go to wealth
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    A billion dollar investment for the industry that generates over half a trillion in annual sales?
    12 Mar 2013, 12:37 PM Reply Like
  • TwistTie
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    I would force them to put a skull and crossbones on broccoli.
    12 Mar 2013, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • obieephyhm
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    in reality (at least, the part i live near) this is a good thing since the whole science behind what a calorie is . . . isn't quite so sound as people generally believe. there has been a call within the science community for more than a decade to re-do the work of (depending on who you want to credit/blame: Favre, Silbermann or Mayer) and tie it to something other than the uber-simple combustion by examining what energy is produced in the human body with various types of food consumption.

     

    it is fairly well documented that a 'calorie is not a calorie' depending upon the type of food it is, the degree of its 'complexity' and the general metabolism of the person ingesting it. the numbers used for 'calories' today are generally conceded as being very next to useless with some cited label numbers being far too low and others far too high.

     

    interestingly, the food industry and the retail grocery concerns have been waging a war (via the fda) for science NOT do this or to have the government ignore it, if it were done.

     

    yes. your tax dollars at work . . . .
    12 Mar 2013, 04:23 PM Reply Like
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