House Poised to Undermine Calorie Labeling at Restaurants
Statement of CSPI Vice President for Nutrition Margo G. Wootan
Americans are increasingly able to make informed choices about what they eat as more and more restaurant, supermarket, and convenience store chains put calories on menus and menu boards.
More than 80 percent of Americans—including 78 percent of Republicans—agree that pizza chains, supermarkets, and convenience stores should provide calorie information on menus and menu boards. The National Restaurant Association has long supported calorie labeling and many of its biggest members such as McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s have been labeling for years even though the official enforcement date is not until May of 2018.
That’s why it’s so distressing that Republicans in Congress—at the behest of Domino’s and the rest of the pizza industry—are seeking to undermine calorie labeling legislatively. The so-called “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” would upend disclosure by letting restaurants invent misleading serving sizes, hide calories in hard-to-find places inside supermarkets and convenience stores, and remove calories from inside pizza chains.
We deserve to know what we’re eating, even if Domino’s and House Republicans want to keep us in the dark.
Contact Jeff Cronin (jcronin[at]cspinet.org) or Ariana Stone (astone[at]cspinet.org).