Given the new administration’s take on excessive regulation and its distaste for the Affordable Care Act, it was only a matter of time before some of the newer menu labeling standards came under fire.  The mandatory calorie disclosures set to take effect under these rules on May 5, 2017, are a sore spot for retailers (grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters) who found their prepared foods sections included in the adopted regulations when they didn’t expect that the legislation or its enacting regulations had anything to do with them.  Given the impending deadline, action will need to happen soon either exempting them or putting off their need for compliance for a later date (that’s the whole point of the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017”) if they don’t want to comply with the regulations.

In an effort to advance their agenda, late last week, the National Grocers Association and the National Association of Convenience Stores released a petition that citizens can sign on to support action on the CSNDA and asserting their opinion that the regulations are unconstitutionally compelled speech.  

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