The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act maintains but modifies the FDA’s menu-labeling regulations, allowing businesses to provide nutritional information to customers in a more practical format, NACS said. It also protects small businesses from “overly burdensome” costs and penalties, and removes the possibility of criminal penalties.
The American Pizza Community (APC), a coalition of large and small pizza companies, franchisees, suppliers and thousands of employees that make up the pizza industry, released a statement endorsing the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.
“Pizza store owners and operators continue to support the intent behind menu-labeling laws and we’re happy that Congress is taking action to make these regulations workable for small business owners,” said Tim McIntyre, APC chair and executive vice president of communication, investor relations, and legislative affairs for Domino’s Pizza. “This is not about whether to disclose calorie counts. It’s about doing it in a way that makes sense.”
McIntyre noted that many pizza stores have provided nutritional information for years. According to the APC, there are 34 million different ways to order a pizza, and with so many customers choosing delivery and pick-up and customers ordering online or by telephone, the requirement to label in-store menu boards with broad calorie ranges for entire pizzas is inflexible, will not enhance consumer education and would come at great expense to owners.