Maine Sen. King targets ACA's new menu labeling rules

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January 23, 2014, 8:08 pm
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(NECN: Marnie MacLean) - Maine Senator Angus King is continuing his push to eliminate what he calls "dumb" regulations that hurt businesses.

King has co-sponsored legislation that he says would make it easier for businesses to comply with new rules that are part of the Affordable Care Act and require restaurants, grocery stores and other food sellers to post nutrition information.

Senator King says he agrees with the idea of offering consumers that information but says current one size fits all regulations will make complying with the laws a burden for many businesses.

Domino's is one restaurant fighting back against the proposed rules.

Domino's says there are 34 million possible combinations for its pizza and other menu items and it would be cost prohibitive to try and create signs to show all of those options. The company says it provides calorie counts on line and that most of its customers order by phone or on line anyway and never come into the restaurant.

Grocery stores are also supporting King's legislation, saying the rules would force them to list calories on salad bar items and other foods they sell in the stores.

A similar bill has been proposed in the House of Representatives.

Tags: maine, Marnie MacLean, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Standish, Angus King
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