A Big Fat Stupid Law??

Remember menu labeling?

The Affordable Care Act instituted national menu labeling—the posting of calories on the menu boards of fast food chains.

The FDA still has not issued final rules, leaving vast amounts of time for lobbying and pushback.

Now John Carter (Rep-TX) has introduced HR 6174, the anything but “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012.”

This bill was introduced under lobbying pressure from the pizza and supermarket industries.

Its purpose is to exempt supermarkets and convenience stores from having to post calorie information on prepared foods.  This would allow pizza chains to list calories per serving, thereby defeating the entire purpose of the menu labeling law.

The pizza industry learned that it could get Congress to do what it wanted.  Even a dab of tomato paste on pizza now counts as a vegetable serving in school meals.

If you thing calorie labeling on pizza might be a good idea, now is the time to write your congressional representatives.  Here’s how.

Marion Nestle is the author of What To Eat and is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Nestle blogs regularly at Food Politics.

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Sam Apex

Independant living should allow people never to be told what they can and cant eat.

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Vasanthe Methta, MD
Vasanthe Methta, MD

The FDA is wsting time with pizza labels but has ignored the deaths and injuries from HIT systems being sold without any oversight such as what could happen here:


So, I took a quick look at the language of Carter’s bill .. After the calories per serving move, which was obviously designed to hit the legislation, the Carter bill includes two additional loopholes designed to weaken (translation: basically kill and leave dead at the side of the road) the Affordable Care Act’s nutritional labeling requirement.. 1. The first will exempt pizza chains, which generally take their orders over the phone and over the internet – and presumably fast food chains which take orders at drive through windows , although the second point is not entirely clear .. “In the… Read more »


“If you thing calorie labeling on pizza might be a good idea, now is the time to write your congressional representatives.”

Don’t forget to include a $100 bill.