WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, today issued the following statement after supporting legislation to ease nutrition labeling requirements for restaurants and stores originally imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“The menu labeling regulations released by the FDA are impractical and unnecessarily expensive,” Walorski said. “Forcing our hardworking businesses to spend money and countless hours adhering to the complicated rules is the biggest misuse of their time. Instead, they should be focused on creating jobs and strengthening our economy – not on paperwork. This commonsense legislation will simplify the overcomplicated rules mandated by yet another federal government agency that has run amok.”
H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, would limit FDA regulations requiring restaurants with twenty or more locations to display calorie counts and nutrition information. It would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue new rules to allow a food establishment to post nutritional information exclusively on its website if the majority of its orders are placed online, and aims to protect establishments from being sued for human error.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 266-144 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.