Deli Owners May Face Jail Time If They Miscount Salad Calories

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


“What am I in here for? I mislabeled a salad.”

Welcome to Bloomberg’s America, where everything is against the law and anything can get you sent to jail. It’s a totalitarian bureaucratic paradise that is 1/3 North Korea, 1/3 Berkeley and 1/3 1984.

This is your America. This is your America on Liberalism.

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.

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 next step will be extend that to bake sales and to people who bring egg salad to church picnics. If your apple pie for the bake sale doesn’t have the proper nutritional information, the food gestapo will slide down the pole, shimmy through the extra narrow door, adjust the little plastic statue of Michelle Obama on their dashboard, turn on the siren that plays a mix of exercise music at ear-splitting volume and be on the way to you within 5 to 6 years.

Food Fascism is just one of the power gimmicks that the left uses to consolidate its control over every area of life. All of this will naturally raise prices while putting small businesses out of business.

Major chains have the resources to deal with a thousand petty regulations. Mom and Pop stores do not. Their choice will be to either franchise or close up. Which is what Obama’s big money backers really want.

  • Mary Sue

    Ugh, I knew this kind of nonsense was coming. I guess they are trying to put food sellers out of business. Or at least fresh food sellers. Pretty soon the only thing you guys are going to be able to eat is pork-and-beans out of the can.

    • Rivkah

      Yes, this is all deliberate. It's like Groundhog Day when I wake up and realize that little Bloomie is still mayor. Pork and beans are out for those of us who are kosher. (The mayor is NOT).

      • Mary Sue

        For some reason I'm reminded of an episode of Matlock, where Ben broke a guy's alibi wide open.
        "Where were you at the time of the murder?"
        "I was at Sam's deli eating a ham sandwich."
        "Sam's is a KOSHER deli. They don't serve ham sandwiches!"

  • figment

    This has already affected my number #2 place to buy food: the farmer's market.

    Next it will be the Amish selling baked goods out of their homes, and when they get around to the whoopie pies, THIS MEANS WAR

  • JacksonPearson

    "1/3 North Korea, 1/3 Berkeley and 1/3 1984".
    SH*t…There are strange sounds coming from George Orwell's grave!

  • BS77

    Welcome to the Neo Idiot Nanny State….is there anything that cannot be regulated by the Smarmy Army of tax payer financed bureaucrats?

  • Ghostwriter

    And soon,lawyers are going to have a lot of work ahead of them because of the flood of lawsuits by supermarkets over this regulation.

  • BS77

    Watch as 12 year old kids are arrested for selling lemonade

    • Jay

      you say that like it hasn't already happened

  • BS77

    Is it true you must call the Mayor's office to get permission to put mayonnaise on a sandwich? I heard there was a half teaspoon regulation that is being enforced by the Mayonnaise Department, which is right next door to the Department of Soda Cup Size , just down the hall from the Dessert Enforcement Division, which over sees donuts, scones and cupcakes to make sure the caloric content never exceeds Federal Guidelines. If it does,boy you are in big trouble!!!!!