ARLINGTON, VA – November 16, 2012 – The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today reiterated its strong support for bringing “common sense” back to Washington by excluding mainstream grocery stores from “Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items at Chain Restaurants,” a provision under the Affordable Care Act. FMI supports Reps. John Carter (R-TX) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) who have introduced legislation that would return the scope of the law to what was originally intended by Congress – which never mentioned grocery stores.
The food retail industry wishes to fulfill the law without unnecessarily capturing grocery stores, where the vast majority of foods are already labeled with nutrition information. FMI asserts:
Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations on behalf of its nearly 1,250 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI’s U.S. members operate more than 25,000 retail food stores and almost 22,000 pharmacies with a combined annual sales volume of nearly $650 billion. FMI’s retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent operators. Its international membership includes 126 companies from more than 65 countries. FMI’s nearly 330 associate members include the supplier partners of its retail and wholesale members.
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