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.
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.