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HR 772 - Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017 - National Key Vote

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Title: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise the nutritional information that restaurants and retail food establishments must disclose.

Highlights:

 

  • Requires disclosure of nutritional content on a menu or menu board to include one of the following (Sec. 2):

    • The number of calories contained in the whole menu item;

    • The number of servings and number of calories per serving; or

    • The number of calories per common unit of the item, such as for a multi-serving item that is typically divided before it is presented to the consumer.

  • Specifies that restaurants and retail food establishments are not required to provide certifications or similar signed statements related to compliance with the requirements of this bill (Sec. 2).

  • Specifies that establishments are not liable in any state or federal civil action for claims arising out of an alleged violation of federal or state nutrition labeling, unless the action is brought by a state or the United States (Sec. 3).

  • Authorizes establishments with standard menu items that come in different flavors, varieties, or combinations, to determine and disclose nutritional information for such items as a whole using a single menu listing (Sec. 2).

  • Authorizes nutritional information to be provided solely online for food establishments where the majority of orders are placed by customers who are off-premises (Sec. 2).

  • Authorizes establishments with self-serve food to place signs with nutritional information adjacent to each food item in order to comply with these requirements (Sec. 2).

  • Specifies that an “establishment's nutrient content disclosures may vary from actual nutrient content if the disclosures comply with current standards” (Sec. 2).

  • Prohibits the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from exempting states from these nutrition labeling requirements (Sec. 2).

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