Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Background and Status of the DC MEAL ACT- Act Quickly to support the DC Meal Act

The DC Menu Education and Labeling Act of 2007 was introduced by Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) in March of 2007. The legislation would require chain restaurants with 10 or more locations nationwide to provide nutritional infromation (calories, carbohydrates, sodium, and saturated plus trans fat) on their menus. The MEAL Act was referred to the Health Committee. David Catania, Chair of that committee needs to schedule a public hearing on the bill. If a hearing is not held, the legislation will expire at the end of 2008. Contact David Catania at 202-724-7772 or send an email though his web page to express your support for the DC MEAL Act.

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

It's great that Congress is taking steps toward transparent information in chain restaurants. Education through transparency is not so much to ask for, nor does it detract from someone's dining experience. I'm curious to see -- if the bill gets passed through the referral committees, that is -- how effective the MEAL act would be once put into place.
In the meantime, I suggest people check out Corporate Accountability International's campaign to improve our nation's diet and food production and consumption.