The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (HR. 772), a measure which would delay and weaken implementation of the national menu labeling law. The law, which requires chain restaurants, supermarkets, and convenience stores with 20 or more outlets to label calories, is set to go into effect in May. Considering the implementation was delayed on the day before it was intended to be put into practice, most large chains are already complying with the rule. Supporting transparency on restaurant menus helps parents make informed choices when choosing meals for their famlies. Studies show that providing calorie information at restaurants can help people make healthier food choices. Additionally, when adults make healthier choices for themselves, they model healthy behavior to their children.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently addressed industry compliance concerns by issuing updated draft guidance, however, some trade associations are still pushing the anti-menu-labeling bill that would further stall and undercut the administration’s plans to implement menu labeling, undermine the vast majority of chains that are already labeling, and impede the public’s access to menu labeling.
Over 80 percent of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents support menu labeling, according to a new January 2018 poll released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). More than 80 percent also think chain supermarkets, convenience stores, and pizza chains should be held to the same standard for labeling calories as chain restaurants.
Click the link below to contact to join CSPI, CLOCC and other public health advocates in telling the FDA to stay on track and meet the May 2018 start date for menu labeling.