Another unhappy suprise for businesses hidden in the 2000-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Operators of restaurant and supermarkets are fighting new FDA rules for implementing section 4205 of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will force the labeling of fresh made food as packaged food.
“It’s just ridiculous that they would make us spend so much money for so little useless information to go to the consumer,” said Jonathan D. Sharp, who with Jackie, his wife of 25 years, owns and operates two Domino’s stores in Albidine, Texas.
The former Air Force cryptologic Russian linguist said nothing his code-breaking background helps him understand the rule. “We need to send it through one of the computers at NSA to decrypt it.”
As the rule, which the FDA calls: “Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items at Chain Restaurants” is still being written, people affected do not know what they will be doing right or wrong, said Sharp, who after the Air Force joined Dominos and worked his way up until he was a supervisor of nine retail locations in the Philadelphia-area. As a supervisor, he had the opportunity to buy the two stores he has now.
“We don’t know what the penalties are, what the enforcement rules are going to be—there is very little we know about doing this wrong,” he said. “All we know about doing it right is that it is going to cost a lot of money.”
The rule is a burden, but Sharp would not close his doors, he said.