Arlington, VA - The National Grocers Association (NGA) today commended U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME) for the introduction of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (S. 2217), a bipartisan bill to address problems with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) final rule regarding menu labeling at restaurants and similar retail food establishments. NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin issued the following statement:
"Unfortunately, the FDA's regulations and recent guidance continue to present challenges for independent supermarket operators covered under the law. Unlike chain restaurants, supermarkets do not have standardized menus and as such, a law which was originally intended for chain restaurants creates significant operational challenges for supermarkets. This bipartisan legislation will help make it easier for supermarkets to comply with the law while continuing to provide consumers with highest-quality food products and services. Additionally, this legislation will protect front line employees and stores from criminal penalties for simple, human error and shield businesses from frivolous lawsuits. NGA and its members look forward to working with Senators Blunt and King to advance this important legislation."