Legislation Will Protect Small Business and Ensure Consumers Access to Information
Washington, D.C. – February 12, 2016 – The American Pizza Community (APC) lauded passage today of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017) by a bipartisan vote of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“This vote has been several years in the making and we would really like to thank the bill’s two lead cosponsors, Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Loretta Sanchez for all of their effort in support of this important legislation. This bill will allow our small business owners to get back to doing what they do best: making pizza. We will also continue to provide our customers with the most important nutrition information, as many of us have been doing for a decade. We encourage the Senate to follow up on today’s approval by the House with favorable action on H. R. 2017 as soon as possible,” said Lynn Liddle, Chairwoman of the American Pizza Community.
H.R. 2017 seeks to ensure that consumers have access to important nutrition information while ensuring that small businesses are not over burdened by one-size-fits-all rules. The legislation would 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) in December 2014. Among several reforms, the bill allows 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 that customers rarely use in making an ordering decision. H.R. 2017 also protects small business owners and their employees from excessive fines and penalties for inadvertent human error.
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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