But a small minority of food industry participants, such as movie theaters, stores serving food for immediate consumption and some food chains, are now seeking to evade both the letter and the spirit of the law, even as the majority of restaurants and consumers have embraced it. Such loopholes would not only clearly undermine the purpose of menu labeling — to give consumers more information about the food they eat — but would also create an uneven playing field for business competition. And they are all the more reason why we need a strong rule and implementation of these menu-labeling requirements from the Department of Health and Human Services moving forward.
Just as consumers embraced the nutrition information on packaged foods when Congress mandated it more than 20 years ago, clear and upfront dietary and nutrition information at chain restaurants will help Americans eat and live healthier. But, to do that, we have to make sure the law is being followed.
Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro represents Connecticut’s 3rd District, and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin is an Iowa Democrat.