Submission Number: 00703
Received: 7/13/2011 3:12:49 PM
Commenter: Gregg Lindner
Organization: Lindner Logistics
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts; Project No. P094513
Attachments: No Attachments
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
Project Number: P094513
To whom it may concern:
I am writing to express our concern with the proposed guidelines recently issued by the Interagency Working Group.
Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lindner Logistics is a full service warehousing, distribution, and logistics company that traces its roots back to 1923. At Lindner, we are proud to service a wide range of industries including food and beverage companies. To that end, we are concerned as to how this proposal will impact our customers, our business, and the broader economy in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.
It is troubling that the Interagency Working Group did not conduct an analysis of the economic impact that this proposal may have on suppliers to the food and beverage industry, including those in the transportation and logistics. Given that this proposal is sweeping, and as stated in the preliminary report, ?The Working Group recognizes that, if the proposed nutrition principles were fully implemented by industry as proposed, a large percentage of food products currently in the marketplace would not meet the principles?, it is important to understand the potential impact on the food and beverage supply chain if many of these products ?would not meet the principles? and could not be advertised.
As you are fully aware, the economic recovery has not been as robust as anyone would have hoped, and a proposal that adversely affects jobs without fostering the public interest will be detrimental to the economic recovery. With unemployment at such high levels, the federal government should be supporting innovation, promoting economic growth, and fostering stability. This proposal does none of those things.
I respectfully request that the Interagency Working Group abandon the proposal as written and further study the economic impact that such a sweeping regulatory scheme would have on communities across Wisconsin and the United States.