In re: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments
- Case Date: 6/13/2011
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On June 13, 2011, WLF urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify the accuracy standards that will govern new federally mandated menu labeling in restaurants and similar retail food establishments. In formal comments filed with the FDA, WLF expressed concerns that, by imposing the same nutritional accuracy standards that govern packaged foods on restaurant menus, the FDA fails to acknowledge the unique difficulties that menu labeling presents the restaurant and food industry. Unlike packaged foods, caloric discrepancies due to portion size in a restaurant setting are unavoidable. WLF also expressed concerns that the new federal law would result in an explosion of litigation by activist lawyers seeking to hold restaurant owners liable for calorie miscalculations. The national menu labeling requirement was enacted as part of the controversial federal healthcare reform law.
|Awaiting FDA action.|
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