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Health Groups Complain About FDA Calorie Count Delay

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By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 06:30 PM

Health groups are attacking the administration of President Donald Trump for delaying a provision under Obamacare that would require restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, movie theaters and other venues to post calorie counts on the food they sell, The Hill reported on Friday.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) had delayed the provision several times under the administration of former President Barack Obama, at times due to bipartisan pressure, the article stated. The rule was set to go into effect on Friday.

"Today is the day Americans were assured they would have this information available to them at the wide array of retail food establishments," said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.

"We are extremely disappointed in FDA's decision to push back, yet again, the deadline for food establishments to provide essential nutrition information their customers want and deserve regarding menu items," she added.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported on Monday the FDA would delay the provision of Obamacare requiring food establishments to label calorie counts on the food they sell.

"The FDA has made the right decision to delay a rule that would have essentially dictated how every food service establishment in America with more than 20 locations — restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, and more — writes and displays their menus," HHS Sec. Tom Price said in a statement on the department's website.

Health groups said further delays could affect public health. Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said poor nutrition was thought to be a factor in many illnesses.

"Twenty percent of all cancers are tied to poor nutrition, physical inactivity and excess weight," Hansen said. "It is important for consumers to have access to calorie and other nutritional information to help them make informed choices about the foods they eat."

Brown called for the FDA to put the "focus on putting the power of decision-making in consumers' hands," rather than delay the requirement.

"Displaying calorie counts and providing nutrition information helps Americans make healthier choices when eating out," she said.

In Sec. Price's statement, he explained the decision was due to the effect on businesses and the "burdensome rules that leave business managers and owners worried about harsh potential penalties."

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