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New FDA proposed food label law could hurt small businesses

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How often do you grab something to eat from a convenience store or bakery?

A new proposal from the FDA would require nutrition labels to be put on all unpackaged foods, including those from buffets and salad bars.

The idea stems from the affordable care act mandate that would not only cost grocers money, but you as well.

This new proposal wouldn't just effect major grocery store chains like Hy-Vee it would have an even bigger effect on smaller grocery store owners who say the extra cost would ultimately be passed on to customers.

Frank Winking has been hand making products at Winking's Market for years, and says the 65 year old business prides itself on good food at low prices.

But Winking says having to add nutrition labels to all his home-made goods-- including his popular deli salads, could change that.

"It would mean having to pay someone to analyze your individual recipes and to pay for the added labeling, so that would eventually be passed on to the consumer, which would mean a higher cost on anything you sold," said Winking.

Stephanie Morrison, a loyal Winking's customer, says while she understands the health reasons behind adding nutrition labels higher costs would mean less business for Winking's.

"You're not going to come here for the cheap food anymore, you're going to end up paying the same prices that you would Hardee's or anywhere else," said Morrison.

While the FDA proposal hasn't been passed yet, Both Morrison and Winking are hopeful it won't.

"I would hope from being a business owner that they wouldn't do it because I think most people are going to choose to eat whatever they choose to eat," said Winking.

"I don't think it's going to stop people from eating their food because nobody has cared this much to this point what they put in it, because we know it's good, we trust them," said Morrison.

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