New coalition pushes for national nutrition standard

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WASHINGTON — A new coalition of more than 30 restaurant chains and trade associations has been formed to push for access to detailed nutrition information.

In one of its first actions, the Coalition for Responsible Nutrition Information (C.R.N.I.), which is co-chaired by the National Restaurant Association and Brinker International, voiced its support of federal legislation that would provide consumers with detailed nutrition information in chain restaurants and other food service establishments using a uniform national standard. The legislation was introduced earlier this year by Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Congressman Jim Matheson of Utah.

"Consumers are increasingly looking for a variety of nutrition information to be available for their use in restaurants," said Joe Taylor, vice-president of communication and public affairs at Brinker International. "The Coalition for Responsible Nutrition Information is working to create a nationwide standard that provides a significant amount of nutrition information in a manner that is efficient and effective for the wide variety of restaurants and dining occasions enjoyed by our guests."

In addition to the N.R.A. and Brinker, other members of the coalition include Burger King Corp., Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Brands, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, McDonald’s Corp., the National Chicken Council and the National Council of Chain Restaurants.

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