by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon reports on the Trump administration’s effort to slow a federal rules change inspired by the former first lady.
The Trump administration is delaying a regulation championed by former first lady Michelle Obama to redesign the Nutrition Facts label.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a rule delaying until 2020 the compliance date for regulations that will make listed calories on food larger in an attempt to fight obesity.
Mrs. Obama unveiled the new label in May 2016 as part of her anti-obesity “Let’s Move” campaign. Aside from increasing the font size of calories and the addition of “added sugars” on the label, the regulations even dealt with how to label dinner mints. The regulations will cost food manufacturers an estimated $640 million.
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to extend the compliance dates by approximately 1.5 years for the final rules providing updated nutrition information on the label of food, including dietary supplements; defining a single-serving container; requiring dual-column labeling for certain containers; updating, modifying, and establishing certain reference amounts customarily consumed (RACCs); and amending the label serving size for breath mints,” the agency announced.