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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), National Grocers Association (NGA), and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) have all gone on the record in support of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012, described as "bi-partisan legislation that will prevent the FDA from exceeding its authority under section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," and protecting "grocery stores from being subjected to unnecessary regulatory burdens and costs" by allowing them to be exempted from menu labeling provisions in the act.

The bill was introduced yesterday by Rep. John Carter (R-TX), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and 18 additional co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

“We support Congressman Carter’s efforts and applaud such a diverse, bipartisan backing of this bill,” said Texas food retailer H-E-B’s Director of Public Affairs Dya Campos. “Food retailers have a deep commitment to the health of their customers, but with FDA’s proposed interpretation, we’d be forced to be formulaic with our recipes, which is not what our customers typically expect from among our fresh, in-store-made options.”

"NGA commends Representative Carter for his leadership to ensure that the FDA does not exceed its authority under the statute by expanding this provision beyond chain restaurants," stated NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin.  "This legislation will ensure independent retail grocers are not subjected to millions of dollars in new and unnecessary expenses and administrative burdens because of regulatory overreach.  NGA's members are focused on growing their businesses and creating jobs at a time when our country desperately needs both.  This bill will ensure that the FDA adheres to Congress' original intent, which did not include grocery stores."

"This legislation will allow the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to satisfy Congress’s objectives without unnecessarily burdening most convenience stores,” said Norfolk, Va.-based Miller Oil Co. President Jeff Miller, representing NACS at a Washington press conference.
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