On March 10, 2009, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Labeling Education and Nutrition (LEAN) Act of 2009, S. 558. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) introduced companion legislation in the House, H.R. 1398.
The LEAN Act looks to expand current packaged food labeling law to require a uniform national nutrition labeling standard for chain foodservice establishments, while providing a reasonable range of flexibility for the restaurant. While the LEAN Act would require a uniform national nutrition standard, the law also would provide for a single set of guidelines in how nutrition information is calculated and will provide legal protection for those restaurants that abide by the law.
THE ISSUE: Nationwide, more cities, counties, and states passing a wide array of laws mandating that chain restaurants put calories and other nutrition information on menus. The result is a growing patchwork of regulation that is not helpful to the consumer and is costly to restaurateurs.
The LEAN Act will create a single federal standard for nutrition-information disclosure for chain foodservice companies. It would also provide one menu board standard. A uniform standard will allow consumers access to detailed nutrition information that meets their needs while providing clarity, consistency and flexibility for restaurants in how that information is provided.
While the LEAN Act would require a uniform national nutrition standard, the law also provides for a single set of guidelines in how nutrition information is calculated and will provide legal protection for those restaurants that abide by the law.
Take Action: Please call or email your elected officials and ask them to Support the LEAN Act. Simply click on CFA Votes! to send a customizable letter to your elected officials. You may also use the letter as a reference when calling offices.
For more DDIFO Information see: Murkowski & Carper Introduce LEAN Bill in the Senate