Bipartisan Effort Will Limit Regulatory Burden, Ensure Consumer Access to Important Nutrition Information, Heads to House Floor for Vote
Washington, D.C., November 19, 2015 – The American Pizza Community (APC), a coalition of pizza companies, franchisees, and suppliers who employ more than 400,000 Americans, lauds the bipartisan coalition of Members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee who yesterday voted to favorably report the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017) with an overwhelming majority of support.
“Yesterday’s vote in the House Energy and Commerce demonstrates what supporters of H.R. 2017 have been saying since the beginning. This bill does not gut FDA’s regulations, but instead offers reasonable changes that will alleviate the burden on small business owners while ensuring that consumers have easy access to important nutrition information. APC is thrilled to see such a large bipartisan coalition form in an effort to pass this bill,” said Lynn Liddle, Chair of APC. “We would especially like to thank the bill’s lead cosponsors, Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) for their tireless efforts in support of this bill. We look forward to H.R. 2017 being taken up by the full House, where we are certain it will continue to attract broad bipartisan support,” Liddle added.
H.R. 2017 seeks to improve the final menu labeling requirements (Section 4205) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that were issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last December. This bill would permit covered establishments that receive a majority of orders remotely to provide calorie information on a remote access menu, such as one available on the Internet or on a mobile app, instead of in-store menu boards customers never see. It also protects businesses and employees from excessive fines and penalties for inadvertent human error and prohibits frivolous class-action lawsuits.
“Our work, however, is not done yet. We are hopeful that today’s favorable vote will be replicated in the Senate, where S. 2217 awaits committee action, and we look forward to continuing the discussion surrounding this crucial legislation,” stated Liddle.
About The American Pizza Community
The American Pizza Community is a coalition of the nation’s large and small pizza companies, operators, franchisees, vendors, suppliers and other entities that make up the American pizza industry. The coalition was formed in 2010 to advocate for policies affecting pizza companies and operators including menu and labeling information, fair wages, work opportunity tax credit, background checks, tax policies and small business access to capital.
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