California considers nutritional information bill
June 18, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — A bill in California requiring nutritional disclosure on the menus of restaurant chains is making its way through the state legislature.
The bill would require every covered food facility with at least 20 other facilities in the state to disclose certain nutritional information for each food item, including calories, fat, carbohydrates and sodium.
While the bill is sponsored by the California Restaurant Association, the group said it "continues to oppose the impractical approach to nutritional information disclosure" found in the bill.
"Proponents’ narrow focus on the location of the nutritional information — requiring the information to be on menus and menu boards — continues to stand in the way of creating a new standard that will be a step toward educating consumers about nutrition and healthy lifestyles," the C.R.A. said.
Jot Condie, president of the C.R.A., said they will continue to sponsor the bill because they want to achieve a reasonable approach to nutritional information disclosures in restaurants.