Industry News | June 10, 2009

Trade Organization Applauds Menu Labeling

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The National Council of Chain Restaurants, the leading trade association exclusively representing the chain restaurant industry, applauded a negotiated agreement announced today which would create a uniform national nutrition labeling standard. The negotiated agreement was developed by United States Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Harkin (D-IA).

“NCCR applauds Senators Carper, Murkowski and Harkin for negotiating this bi-partisan agreement, which will help customers make educated, informed decisions about what they choose to eat,” says NCCR President Jack Whipple.

“One uniform, national standard will provide customers across the country with more consistent information and enable restaurants to invest in a single approach to publishing nutrition facts.”

Under the agreement, restaurants with 20 or more locations would be required to post calorie information on menus, menu boards, and drive-thru boards. In addition, consumers would be given ready access to information on trans fats, saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol, carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber and protein. The Harkin-Carper-Murkowski agreement would establish a national, uniform standard for nutrition labeling in restaurants.

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