New nutrition labels could come at high price for stores


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Submitted: Thu, 02/07/2013 - 9:37pm
Updated: Thu, 02/07/2013 - 11:47pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many of us use food labels to help decide what to cook for dinner and what to avoid. But what can you do when you are eating out?

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing a rule requiring stores to label prepared, unpackaged foods with nutritional information, and if they don’t follow the rules, they could face jail time. But the software to test these foods could be pricy. Even so, some businesses are on board.

“It is a cost that is already on the horizon for us,” said Bethany Rogers, outreach coordinator at Tidal Creek Market.

Rogers says Tidal Creek is willing to invest in new software to keep customers informed.

“Labeling our prepared foods with nutrition information is something that has been a goal of ours,” she said. “We currently do our ingredients lists and allergens. Our customers are really conscientious of what they are eating.”

The FDA says Americans consume about one third of their total calories on foods prepared outside the home. While consumers can find calorie and other nutrition information on most packaged foods that they buy in stores, this labeling is typically unavailable elsewhere.

Some consumers are not convinced the new rule will make a difference.

“I think the people who are reading labels now will keep on reading them,” shopper Mitch Duke said. “I think the people who are not reading labels will keep not reading labels. I do not think it is really going to change anything.”

If the regulation passes, you will not see food labeling everywhere. The rules only apply to stores with at least 20 locations.

The new nutrition labeling falls under the Affordable Care Act. If the information on the labels is not correct, store owners could face jail time.

6 Comments

  • Guest350 says:

    I can see consequences for store owners who do not comply, but it seems jail time is a little much. Jail is for those who pose a physical threat to others, or should be.

  • taxpayer says:

    No soup for you! Come back in 1 year.

    It’s sad that you feel the Feds should be involved.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    The Affordable Care Act making food less affordable for people. Another huge success for liberals.

  • B M says:

    “Anyone who thinks that our country will continue to successfully exist indefinitely with a federal government that’s this bass ackwards in its priorities is living in denial.”

    You’ve hit the nail on the head there my friend, that’s why these libs are grabbing all they can, while they can.

  • Vog46 says:

    Thats what continuing resolutions are for!

    It also allows for off the books costs to NOT be included in the budget – like Wars.

    They make sure to take their political stances on stuff but then allow themselves the luxury of not having to follow the rules, common sense, or the wishes of their constituents.
    It’s a great job of you can get it.
    Vog

  • ChefnSurf says:

    So now our federal government will threaten food store owners with jail time if some food labels are incorrect…..

    Meanwhile…..

    The U.S. Senate hasn’t performed its most fundamental duty of passing a budget since 2009. And the penalty for Senators? Well, actually no penalty at all. Perhaps they’ll even reward themselves with another raise.

    Apparently, our federal government thinks that some damn food labels are much more important than the financial health of our entire nation

    Anyone who thinks that our country will continue to successfully exist indefinitely with a federal government that’s this bass ackwards in its priorities is living in denial.

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