House bill would limit some calorie labels

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Supermarkets and pizza chains would get some relief from government calorie labeling rules under legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday.

Restaurants and other food retail outlets, such as grocery stores, will be required to use the calorie labels starting a year from now. The bill by Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state would make it easier for some businesses to comply.

The bill, approved 36-12 by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would narrow labeling requirements for supermarkets by allowing stores to use a menu or menu board in a prepared foods area instead of putting labels on individual items.

It would also allow restaurants like pizza delivery chains that receive most of their orders remotely to post calories online instead of at the retail location.