Progressive Grocer Independent

APR 2016

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Legislation Food Labeling don't believe the FDA can fx [in a] regulatory [way]. We think the leg- islation is very important to fx a law that was initially designed for chain restaurants and make it a little more workable for a nonrestaurant setting such as a supermarket." Among other grocery industry trade groups, the Food Market- ing Institute (FMI) has praised the passage of the bill in the House. "Te Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 is not about being 'for' or 'against' the inclusion of nutrition information on menus," says Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of Arlington, Va.-based FMI. "Instead, the bill injects some com- mon sense into the rule by avoiding a one-size-fts-all system and allowing supermarkets to provide this important information to their customers in ways that are most accessible and useful to the customers for whom it is intended." Labeling GMOs GMO labeling also has garnered recent attention, with the Vermont labeling law, which would require all packaged products on grocery shelves in the state to be labeled if they contain genetically modifed ingredients, set to take efect in July. Maine and Connecticut also have GMO- labeling laws on the books, but they each contain a "trigger" clause under which the law doesn't take efect until other states pass similar legislation. Last year, the Washington, D.C.- based Grocery Manufacturers As- sociation (GMA) lost its court battle to overturn the Vermont labeling law. Industry organizations, such as FMI and NGA, don't take a stand for or against GMO labeling in general, but rather are lobbying for a nationwide set of rules that would pre-empt the various state regulations. Elected federal government ofcials had been 36 | Progressive Grocer Independent | April 2016

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