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WHITE HOUSE REGULATORY MORATORIUM MAY HALT FOOD LABELING REFORM

 WHITE HOUSE REGULATORY MORATORIUM MAY HALT FOOD LABELING REFORM
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The President's proposed moratorium on regulatory activity will deprive consumers of nutrition labeling for foods ranging from bacon to chicken noodle soup, charges a Washington-based consumer organization.
 According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the proposed moratorium would halt United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposals to require nutrition labeling on all foods containing meat and poultry.
 USDA proposed the reforms to coincide with similar requirements being issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all other foods. The FDA proposals are mandated by Congress and would be unaffected by any regulatory moratorium ordered by the White House.
 "The FDA and USDA have found that the benefits of nutrition labeling, in terms of reduced health care expenditures, greatly outweigh the costs of label reform. It would be a tragic mistake if these reform efforts were held up on the faulty premise that a delay would help aid an economic recovery," stated Bruce Silverglade, CSPI director of legal affairs.
 In a letter to Michael Boskin, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, which is reportedly a prime architect of the regulatory moratorium, CSPI noted that:
 The proposed moratorium on regulatory activity would have costly and unforseen consequences for both consumers and members of the food industry who are trying to comply with new joint USDA/FDA requirements for nutrition labeling of food. The moratorium would ... create a situation in which companies that produce both meat and non-meat products would have to comply with different nutrition labeling requirements. These companies would be burdened by inconsistent regulatory requirements and the public would be deprived of uniform nutrition information for all foods.
 "This is the clearest example yet of the failure of the Bush administration to develop a coherent domestic policy agenda," Silverglade said.
 CSPI is a non-profit consumer organization located in Washington. CSPI was founded in 1971 and is now supported by more than 240,000 members.
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