CSPI Urges Mandatory Nutrition Facts on Menus


OTTAWA — The debate about whether or not to label restaurant menus with nutritional information continues, with news that the Ottawa-based Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling for restaurant chains to post nutrition facts on their menus.

The advocacy group released a report based on more than 30 of Canada’s restaurant chains — including Burger King, Pizza Hut, Tim Hortons and Dairy Queen — showing that some menu items provide “shockingly high amounts of calories or sodium.”

“It’s just not acceptable. You need the information readily apparent at the point where you’re making the decision, and having to jump through hoops to get that information just means fewer people are going to use it,” said Bill Jeffery, national co-ordinator, CSPI. “

Since 2007, New York City, California, and several other U.S. jurisdictions have passed laws requiring some form of nutritional labelling on menus at U.S. chain restaurants. In 2010, Congress passed a law mandating calorie disclosures at chain restaurants. The regulations of the new law are yet to be finalized.

For the complete report, visit cspi.org.

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