New Obama Regulation To Go Into Effect on PIZZA

New Obama Regulation To Go Into Effect on PIZZA

The Obama administration placed a number of onerous regulations on businesses while Obama was in the White House, but not all of them took effect right away. Some are only now taking effect. And next month, an especially punishing regulation on pizza, of all things, will take effect.

Under Obamacare, franchise restaurants will have to provide calorie counts for not only all menu items, but all variants on each menu item, as well. For pizza franchises, or businesses like Starbucks, this can be a crushing regulation. Domino’s executive Tim McIntyre summed up the problem himself, saying, “We did the math. With gluten-free crusts to thick to hand-tossed to pan pizza, multiple sizes, cheeses, toppings… there are about 34 million possible combinations. That is difficult to put on a menu.”

Yet the Obama administration’s asinine regulation still requires businesses like Domino’s to have all 34 million possible combinations listed on a sign, in the restaurant, with the calorie counts.

To make it even worse, the regulation in many of these cases are unnecessary. For pizza orders at restaurants like Domino’s, for example, most of the orders are placed online; the rest, over the phone. Customers very rarely come inside. So, the mandatory menu regulation is not only a hugely expensive burden, it serves next to no purpose.

According to McIntyre, this would cost each franchise between $3,500 and $5,000 at each location. Liberals might argue that this isn’t a huge expense for a large corporation like Domino’s or Papa John’s; however, many of the franchises are run by independent owner-operators. Many of these independent franchisees only make around $40,000 – $50,000 profit each year, if not less. So a $5,000 regulation that serves no purpose is a huge burden — as much as 1/10th of the store’s profit.

But what if it works? It would be worth it if these calorie counts help customers to eat healthier, right? Like most liberal regulations, that’s not the case either.

A study of McDonald’s customers found that people provided with calorie counts and recommended caloric intake, did not make healthier choices. They actually, on average, ordered meals with 50 more calories than those who were not provided with calorie information.

At its core, this is nothing more than another example of government overreach, punishing business owners and making it to where no one profits but government bureaucrats themselves.

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