Havens Comments on Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

Havens Comments on Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act
Legislation Would Ease Some Burdens of Menu Labeling Rule
March 16, 2018
Karen Appold

Jonathan Havens, Vice Chair of the Firm’s Food and Beverage Practice, is quoted in this article discussing the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. The House-passed bill, which is now pending in the Senate, would ease some of the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Menu Labeling Rule (the Rule), which emanates from section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Rule, as written, requires chain restaurants, supermarkets, and convenience stores with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items to list the calorie counts of menu items and provide certain nutritional information upon request.

“The thinking behind section 4205 of the ACA, and FDA’s rule implementing the same, is that if you give consumers calorie and nutrition information about the foods they eat while away from home, they will make smarter decisions. Whether or not having this information actually leads to healthier eating remains to be seen,” said Jonathan.

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