ARLINGTON, VA – The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), on behalf of the food retail industry, applauds the House of Representatives’ passage of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772). H.R. 772 is a bipartisan bill that provides liability and enforcement protections for good-faith compliance efforts; allows the use of a centrally located, prominent menu board for salad bars and other food displays; and preserves the offering of locally made and locally sourced foods.
“This strong bipartisan effort demonstrates both Congress’ and food retailers’ interest in providing standardized nutrition information to customers without constant worries about fines and penalties for a slight error,” said Jennifer Hatcher, FMI chief public policy officer. “We appreciate the work Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Tony Cardenas (D-CA) have put into finding a common sense solution.”
Hatcher continued, “Food retailers go to great lengths to provide their customers with the nutritional information they desire including employing dietitians in nearly 90 percent of supermarkets*. This legislation gets rid of the 'gotcha state' and allows food retailers to provide meaningful nutrition information to their customers without the fear of penalties of fines for simple errors."
*2017 REPORT ON RETAILER CONTRIBUTIONS TO HEALTH & WELLNESS, Food Marketing Institute