The House of Representatives has recently passed H.R. 2017, also known as the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015.
This act amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and would provide flexibility for restaurants and retail food establishments when it comes to how they display/disclose calorie information.
In addition, this act will allow restaurants to display the number of calories either for the whole food item or for the number of servings (with the calories per serving).
When customers place orders off the premises, this act would allow restaurants to provide a remote-access menu with nutritional information.
Moreover, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act defines a “reasonable basis” to nutrition disclosure. This would account for changes in ingredients, serving size, and variations that are due to inadvertent human error during prep.
Who Does It Affect?
Retail food establishments like convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery stores, and pizza restaurants would all be affected.
For More Information:
Check out the text of the act itself!
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.