Philadelphia Files for Exemption from Menu Labeling

Philadelphia will be the first city to file for exemption from restaurant menu labeling.  I found an article from Wolters Kluwer stating their case.  Philadelphia already has strict restaurant menu labeling legislation in place. It’s actually more strict that the federal regulations.  Some of the differences include: required menu labeling for chains over 15 locations (federal requires all chains over 20), in addition to just calories , menu labels must also inclue sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates, and a statement about daily caloric needs.  They claim that their disease rates (kidney failure and hypertension to be specific) are so high, that more information is needed to help control the situation.

I think this is just great! Philadelphia has taken an active approach to their city’s food and weight problems though strict menu labeling. Should the government grant their exemption? I’m not sure that’s the best answer. I think they should be required to implement all of the requirements (which they already are), but some change to the law should be made to allow cities and states to go a step further.  Let’s adapt the law to fit those who want to give more nutrition information to the public.

What do you guys think?

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