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New Hampshire debates GMO labeling: Restaurant nightmare will jump costs and prices

| | January 6, 2014

A bill before the New Hampshire House of Representatives — HB 660 — will make it harder for struggling families to make ends meet as it will directly impact the cost of food, both at the grocery store and in restaurants.

If HB 660 passes, it will be impossible for restaurants to comply with the labeling requirements. As any chef will tell you, restaurants are at the mercy of the supply chain with regard to raw products and ingredients they buy. For most of our members, menu items are made by hand, and many times a dish is customized at the customer’s request. Naturally, this leads to huge variation in the ingredients and make-up of any particular dish listed on a menu.

Given that a lot of restaurant menu items contain one of those ingredients, the impact of labeling would be exponential and likely impossible (not to mention very costly) for restaurants to track and label ingredients as menu items change — many times in the middle of dinner service. The complexity of what the restaurateur is being asked to take on will have a dramatic effect. The expense to administer this regulation and then report back to a government agency will be time consuming and cost prohibitive, with the end result being higher menu prices for consumers.

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