Food and Beverage Industry urges 4-year delay of menu labeling, nominee for FDA commissioner agrees

Food and Beverage Industry urges 4-year delay of menu labeling, nominee for FDA commissioner agrees
April 10, 2017 Public Health Advocates

The food and beverage industry wants you to wait four years to know exactly what is in your food. In a letter to HHS Secretary Thomas Price on March 14, the leaders of 17 food and beverage organizations urged a delay in food labeling until May 2021, almost 3 years after the previously planned start date of July 2018.  Then on April 5, FDA Commissioner nominee Scott Gottlieb, told the Senate HELP committee that he was open to delaying food labeling, preferring to align it with USDA’s coming GMO labeling regulation to avoid high costs to companies. Public Health Advocates Executive Director Harold Goldstein counters the cost claim.  “The proposed cost savings for public health far outweigh the projected additional costs to industry, which will be minimal because most labels are already updated several times per year.” Read more about potential delays in the nutrition facts labels from the Center for Science in the Public Interest https://cspinet.org/news/food-industry-urges-delay-nutrition-facts-label-20170405.