Monday, January 26, 2009

Next to the plate: Twin Cities

Another proposed menu labeling law has made its way into the legislature. Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota are now considering an ordinance that would require restaurants with 15 units or more to post nutrition information on menus and menu boards. The proposed ordinance would also ban Trans Fats from restaurants.

Obviously, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota restaurants are not thrilled about this recent jungle drum; while the public advocacy groups are elated. But now 10+ similar laws have been passed (or pending), and I think we’re all getting into the swing of menu labeling routines.

With New York City and King County Washington already in effect, and California and Multnomah County Oregon due this year, one almost expects to pick up the paper and read another proposed menu labeling bill.

As restaurants continue to combat their un-labeled freedom, consumers and health advocates continue to demand knowledge, paving the way for these pocket laws in major cities across the country. Although opposed to the theory of menu labeling, it seems that some restaurants identify with the concept of a national labeling standard as opposed to un-standard way forward.

I wonder: are we heading to a national menu labeling bill similar to the NLEA?

Check back soon,

Alyson Z. Mar, RD

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