Leah touched on this yesterday, but I think it deserves another look. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new labeling requirements that would make labeling mistakes a federal crime complete with jail time for violators.
If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier.
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."
That's right folks, jail time. This power grab reminds me of Rawesome food market, which was raided by heavily armed FDA agents carrying "assault" rifles. Rawesome was a food market in California that allowed people to sell truly organic food to each other without government regulation, pesticides and processing. The food market was raided for selling things like raw milk, nuts and cheese.
Yes, government agents drew their weapons on raw food junkies because they are a clear danger to society. They confiscated thousands of dollars worth of private property from small farms and dealers while treating everyone in the market as criminals. They arrested a farm owner because she sold raw goat milk to Rawesome. Her charge? Improperly labeling her cheese products which resulted in the suspension of her dairy license and therefore her, ability to make living.
At the point the FDA has heavily armed agents going into raw food markets, you know we have a massive government overreach problem when it comes to the regulation of our food. If the grocery store owners face crimes for simply labeling products incorrectly while markets like Rawesome are raided, eventually making the food production business not worth it, where are we going to get our food? Based on history, it won't be from the government.
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.