The Food and Drug Administration’s decision last month to expand its calorie-posting rule to most food outlets is getting some strong pushback. In particular, the Food Marketing Institute says it should not be applied to supermarkets, which have thousands of different items.
“Grocery stores already provide an abundance of nutritional information well beyond calories and have done so for decades,” says FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. “They should not be pulled into a menu labeling law and regulation designed for a different industry.”
Sarasin says 95 percent of food items in a typical grocery store already carry Nutrition Facts labels, which include calories.