Tim Scott bags groceries to educate public on labeling laws

Rep. Tim Scott bagged groceries at the Moncks Corner Piggly Wiggly on Friday. (WCIV)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- Congressman Tim Scott was bagging groceries Friday.

His work at the Moncks Corner Piggly Wiggly was the latest part of his "Talkin Shop" series -- an attempt to meet the voters in their environments.

Thus far, Rep. Scott has waited tables and pumped gas. The motive behind Friday's work at the grocery store, he said, was an attempt to highlight regulations by the US Food and Drug Administration -- regulations that he said have created "labeling wars."

"It's how may calories are in your food," Scott said. "And, the challenge is that it's $4,000 per location, and that goes into the cost of groceries. With only a two percent profit margin, we're talking about evaporating which allows companies to keep bringing on more employees."

Scott said money spent on compliance with new labeling regulations will lead to a slowdown in the economy and fewer job opportunities. He hopes being out in the public will allow him to better communicate that message.

"Me being at grocery stores and gas stations allows me to talk to them, right where they are," Scott said. "This gives me the chance to be right where the voters are, because they're my bosses. Go to where they go, and I'll be o.k."