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Supermarkets cry foul as FDA proposes new food labeling rule under ObamaCare

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This is from Fox News Politics.

You thought Obamacare was to make medical treatment free.

Now we know Obamacare will cause higher prices and higher taxes.

Now we know Obamacare will mean higher insurance premiums.

Obamacare will also cause raising food prices due to new labeling rules.

 

 

Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners — to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone.

Store owner Tom Heinen said the industry’s profit margins already are razor thin. “When you incur a significant cost, there is no way that that doesn’t get passed on to the customer in some form,” he said.

The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets and convenience stores, the backlash was swift.

The proposed regulation would require store owners to label prepared, unpackaged foods found in salad bars and food bars, soups and bakery items. Erik Lieberman, regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute, said testing foods for nutritional data will require either expensive software or even more costly off-site laboratory assessments.

Lieberman said failure to get it right comes with stiff penalties: “If you get it wrong, it’s a federal crime, and you could face jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines.”

The FDA says much of ObamaCare is aimed at helping Americans live healthier lives, and these proposed labeling requirements would help them do just that. In the text of the proposed regulation, the FDA states: “[The information] should help consumers limit excess calorie intake and understand how the foods that they purchase at these establishments fit within their daily caloric and other nutritional needs.”

An Executive Order issued by President Obama in 2011 says agencies are supposed to calculate a cost-benefit analysis for each new regulation and attempt to use the least burdensome regulatory methods possible. Critics of the FDA’s food labeling proposal say the agency didn’t comply.

“They are required to do it, and they didn’t,” Lieberman said. “They simply said, ‘We can’t quantify a benefit from this rule,’ and that’s because they really can’t.”

The FDA said Wednesday it has received hundreds of public comments on the proposal and will take them into consideration when finalizing the regulation. It is likely to be released later this spring, and the agency says it will “include a final economic analysis.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/06/jail-time-for-food-labels/#ixzz2L64MrTs1

 

If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier.

Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners — to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone.

Store owner Tom Heinen said the industry’s profit margins already are razor thin. “When you incur a significant cost, there is no way that that doesn’t get passed on to the customer in some form,” he said.

The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets and convenience stores, the backlash was swift.

The proposed regulation would require store owners to label prepared, unpackaged foods found in salad bars and food bars, soups and bakery items. Erik Lieberman, regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute, said testing foods for nutritional data will require either expensive software or even more costly off-site laboratory assessments.

Lieberman said failure to get it right comes with stiff penalties: “If you get it wrong, it’s a federal crime, and you could face jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines.”

The FDA says much of ObamaCare is aimed at helping Americans live healthier lives, and these proposed labeling requirements would help them do just that. In the text of the proposed regulation, the FDA states: “[The information] should help consumers limit excess calorie intake and understand how the foods that they purchase at these establishments fit within their daily caloric and other nutritional needs.”

An Executive Order issued by President Obama in 2011 says agencies are supposed to calculate a cost-benefit analysis for each new regulation and attempt to use the least burdensome regulatory methods possible. Critics of the FDA’s food labeling proposal say the agency didn’t comply.

“They are required to do it, and they didn’t,” Lieberman said. “They simply said, ‘We can’t quantify a benefit from this rule,’ and that’s because they really can’t.”

The FDA said Wednesday it has received hundreds of public comments on the proposal and will take them into consideration when finalizing the regulation. It is likely to be released later this spring, and the agency says it will “include a final economic analysis.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/06/jail-time-for-food-labels/#ixzz2L64MrTs1

 

 

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Video shows mouse scurrying about an assortment of oily olives at Fairway supermarket

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This is from The New York Daily News,

It would scare the Hell out of you to see what happens in stores.

I included a video of rats in the same store.

I have a couple of cats that are good mousers I would rent to the store.

The nauseating footage was shot just after midnight at the olive bar inside the grocery store on Broadway near W. 74th St., MyUpperWest.com reported.

Mouse gets in the olives in Fairway supermarket in Manhattan.

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These olives are the pits.

A revolting video posted on neighborhood blog MyUpperWest.com captured a mouse scurrying about an assortment of oily olives at the Fairway supermarket.

The nauseating footage was shot just after midnight on Wednesday at the olive bar inside the grocery store on Broadway near W. 74th St., the blog reported. The store’s hours are from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

“When I arrived at the area with the buckets of olives I was surprised that a man next to me jumped away from the produce and started gesticulating wildly,” wrote Glenn Herman in a letter to the store’s customer service that was posted on the blog.

“I discovered a small rat or mouse happily hanging out in the olive bins,” he added.

A Fairway rep responded with an apology and assured the vermin issue would be “addressed immediately.”

This isn’t the first time video footage showed a rodent on the loose in a Fairway. Earlier this month, the same blog posted video of a rat streaking across an aisle in the same store.

After eyeing a pair of rats for around 20 minutes, the blogger determined the critters were pilfering peanuts.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/video-shows-mouse-scurrying-assortment-oily-olives-fairway-supermarket-article-1.1169277#ixzz27gyk2E00

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Michelle Obama Supermarket Sweeper

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This is from American Thinker.

Moochelle wants to be the food police.

Moochelle wants to control what we eat.

Yet when Barack gets away from her,he eats junk food.

 In spite of Moochelle’s wishes she can not control what we eat.

We are able to eat what we want when we want.

Moochelle needs to shut up and go away.

 

No sooner has Michelle Obama finished pushing the online course for the grocery shopping-impaired than now she comes up with a backup plan for those who find it impossible to keep the grocery cart far from the sugar, fat and salt aisle.  Mrs. Obama recently revealed that if her husband is granted a second term to finish up the debacle he started, she has plans to ditch talking about leaving food choices to the individual and instead force her own austere choices on Americans by eradicating offensive foodstuffs from the grocery store.

That’s right — the freedom-of-choice brigade is looking for yet another opportunity to deny the very thing they insist is mandatory when it comes to abortion.  In a recent interview, First Lady Michelle Obama said what she hoped to “accomplish in [her] second term,” was to “impact the nature of food in grocery stores.”

In other words, if freedom-loving Americans choose to be pudgy, lazy, fat/sugar/salt-eating pigs, the first lady has plans to limit access to an overhauled junk food trough.  Yep, in a second term, Michelle the Nabob of Nutrition will morph into Michelle the Enforcer of a new selection of food options.

In the area of choice, clearly Michelle believes in limiting freedom by way of government control of access.  In other words, because disobedient Americans are still milling around in the cookie aisle, the first lady has decided that it might be necessary to remove the cookie aisle from the grocery store. If she accomplishes her goal, stubborn shoppers will be forced to stay on the perimeter of the store, per Supermarket Shopping 101, because the aisles with the food Michelle doesn’t think Americans should be eating will be gone.

In her interview, Mrs. Obama shared that “with ‘Lets Move!,’ our goal is to end the problem of childhood obesity in a generation. And while we’ve seen some very profound cultural shifts, we still have communities that don’t have access to affordable and healthy foods.”  Is this woman actually trying to convince intelligent people that there are those among us who, despite obstacles, can manage to make it to the Apple Store to purchase an iPhone, but couldn’t find an actual apple if they really wanted one?

Michelle’s second-term goal indicates that holding sway over restaurants, vending machines, and school lunches wasn’t quite enough for her. The next step is to go straight to the source and dictate what foods and ingredients should be on grocery store shelves.  The “No” reply to the annoying standard checkout question “Did you find everything you were looking for,” is about to be answered with “Sorry, that item is no longer available.”

Mrs. Obama also has plans to continue “educating families” on healthy lifestyles, noting that doing so is a challenge in a society where “TV is rampant.”  Could it be that Michelle Obama is unaware that Americans don’t need her to remind us that a two-liter bottle of grape soda and a Costco-size bag of Kettle Chips do not constitute a serving of fruits and vegetables?

The “TV is rampant” comment should be another red flag, because when Michelle Obama proposes dictating what food is on grocery store shelves and then says “[W]e need to keep educating families about how to structure a life that is healthy in a society where TV is rampant and communities don’t have enough resources in terms of sports and activities,” it sounds like limiting television may be her pet project for Obama’s executive order-imposed third term, and forced community physical exercise for his fourth and fifth terms.

In addition, the first lady is a woman with a global vision.  Michelle expressed concern for the whole wide world when she said “How do we strengthen families and make them healthier — an issue not just in America but around the world.”  It would be interesting to watch Mrs. Obama attempting to “impact the nature of food” in Cuban and Venezuelan grocery stores.

So in the end it seems that Michelle Obama is not content with offering Americans healthy lifestyle suggestions.  If her husband, God forbid, is reelected, she has big plans to ratchet it up even more by officially replacing licorice with lima beans, cookies with cabbage and Doritos with daikon radishes.  And from the sound of things, the first lady isn’t going to limit her supermarket sphere of influence to her home turf here in America; she wants to expand her authoritarian food jurisdiction worldwide.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/09/michelle_obama_supermarket_sweeper.html#ixzz25dyQ63Fw

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