Push To Require Nutritional Info On Menus

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 8, 2007

When Democratic Senator Alex Padilla learned his Mom had diabetes a few years ago, it was a wake-up call about eating right. 

“Well it’s really tough to make good choices in terms of what you eat without good information.”

That’s why Padilla wants to require all food chains with ten locations or more to post nutritional information on their menus: 

“If a restaurant can easily tell you how much it costs to supersize your meal, they can certainly tell you how many calories, how many carbohydrates, how much sodium is in that meal.”

California Restaurant Association President Jot Condie says such a mandate could stifle the creativity of the business:

“What goes on in the back of a kitchen isn’t always necessarily done with measuring cups and beakers and measuring spoons.”

Condie says it costs between 200 and 600 dollars to figure out the nutritional content of one menu item.