Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, May 18, 2010 Press Conference, UN Geneva (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One would think that the Affordable Care Act would deal with the costs of health care in America, but we know differently and we’re learning with each day exactly how wrong that premise is.  Deep within the 10,000 pages of the ACA is the calorie label clause, which mandates that each restaurant chain with over 20 locations must display the calorie content of each food and drink it serves.  Then it goes a little further by covering “similar retail food establishments”, a vague enough clause that no-one knows exactly what it means.  To nobody’s surprise, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg thought calorie labeling “. . . would be one of the more straightforward tasks . . . little did I know how complicated it would be.”  We could have told her . . .