The grocery industry and state lawmakers in the Midwest and West are preparing to fight the new federal rules that would allow supermarkets to sell frozen products from other states.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it would require stores to open more grocery stores to sell food from other countries.
They will be limited to one or two locations, and they must sell frozen foods at $2.99 a pound or less.
The agency said they must also sell at least 50 percent of their products in frozen form and include the food in their carton, which is labeled “Fresh.”
The rules are expected to create headaches for some stores, such as Walmart, and also hurt their competitors.
But many shoppers and consumers who buy from the stores have welcomed the new rules.
“The new rules are good for the consumer, good for our industry, and good for business.
I think that’s all they’re doing,” said Dan Zwiebel, executive director of the National Retail Federation, a trade group.
“The more people who are able to access these kinds of products, the better off we all are.”
Walmart said it is pleased that the rules would allow for more options for customers.
“It is exciting to be able to bring our full range of products to our customers at more locations and across more markets, which will allow us to serve more people and deliver the freshest food to more people,” said Walmart spokesman David Lough.
The rules come amid an economic slowdown and as a result, the grocery industry is facing more scrutiny than ever.
They also are a reaction to a Trump administration that is pushing for greater regulation and taxes on food imports and the use of foreign-made products.
The Trump administration has been trying to crack down on foreign-based companies and has increased efforts to enforce rules against food waste, the use and sale of fake labels and labelling of products.
The president’s budget proposal includes a provision that would make it easier for the Food and Drugs Administration to impose sanctions on companies found to be violating food safety standards.
The new regulations will not apply to grocery stores that sell items from other States, such a Whole Foods, Target or Walgreens, but they will apply to the supermarkets that sell frozen fruits and vegetables from the same region as their products.
Food-safety rules are complicated.
The federal government says it requires stores to have refrigerated and frozen-ready products that meet federal safety standards for food.
They are supposed to also be labeled with the ingredients they use, such if they use milk from a dairy plant, eggs from a chicken coop or processed meats from a meat processing plant.
The changes would also apply to packaged goods, but not food.
The rules do not apply when food is sold in food carts, but some grocery stores sell the same product in plastic bags.
There have been many complaints from consumers about food safety and how it has been treated by grocery stores.
But they also have said the rules are needed to make the food system more accountable to consumers and to make grocery shopping more accessible.