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Under ObamaCare, FDA proposes new food labeling rule

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Many of you count on the labels on the back of the packages to determine what's good for you, and what's not. 

Now, the new health care laws propose some changes to rules about what gets a nutrition label and what doesn't.  The changes could end up costing your local grocery store - and you as well.

Under the proposed regulation, thousands of stores will be forced to label unpacked foods – like those found in a salad bar, hot foods, soups and your favorite bakery items.

If the store employees get the information wrong, it's a federal crime.  They could face jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.  The regulation could cost retailers $1 billion in just the first year.

"Well, I mean the supermarket industry is a business that's well known, that our net profit line and average and has been forever is 1 percent," grocery store owner Tom Heinen said. "So when you incur a significant cost, there is no way that that doesn't get passed onto the customer in some form."

The rule stems from the so-called Obamacare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus.  Most restaurants owners were supportive of the idea, but now the FDA decided to extend the provision.

The FDA says it has received hundreds of public comments on the proposed regulation and will consider them before issuing a final rule.

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