Progressive Grocer Independent

APR 2016

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Legislation Food Labeling G overnmental regulations and legislation when it comes to food labeling can often feel like an incomprehensible quagmire. Even when the rules don't apply directly to independent retailers, they still need to be aware of — and even sometimes comply with — them, if for no other reason than to stay competitive or provide information the consumer has become accustomed to receiving, ac- cording to Laura Strange, senior direc- tor, communications and marketing for the Washington, D.C.-based National Grocers Association (NGA). "We just want to make sure that for single-store operators or fve-store operators, there's a level playing feld for them to be able to meet expectations and serve their consumers really well," Strange says. Falling into this category are the FDA's Menu Labeling Regulations, which were expanded to include supermarkets in 2015. Te regula- tions require that restaurants, similar retail food establishments (including supermarkets) and vending machines with more than 20 locations list ca- loric information on their menus and menu boards. In an industry letter signed by more Independent grocers need to be prepared as consumers continue to question what the food they're buying contains. By Katie Martin From Menu Standards to GMOs 34 | Progressive Grocer Independent | April 2016

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