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Introduced in Senate (02/01/2017)

Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise the nutritional information that restaurants and retail food establishments must disclose. The nutrient content disclosure statement on the menu or menu board must include: (1) the number of calories contained in the whole menu item; (2) the number of servings and number of calories per serving; or (3) the number of calories per common unit of the item, such as for a multi-serving item that is typically divided before presentation to the consumer. Nutritional information may be provided solely by a remote-access menu (e.g., an Internet menu) for food establishments where the majority of orders are placed by customers who are off-premises.

Establishments with self-serve food may comply with the requirements for restaurants or place signs with nutritional information adjacent to each food item.

An establishment's nutrient content disclosures may vary from actual nutrient content if the disclosures comply with current standards for reasonable basis.

Establishments with standard menu items that come in different flavors, varieties, or combinations, that are listed as a single menu item can determine and disclose nutritional information using specified methods or methods allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Regulations pursuant to this bill or the clause amended by this bill cannot take effect earlier than two years after final regulations are promulgated.

The FDA may not exempt states from nutrition labeling requirements.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
02/01/2017 Introduced in Senate

All Actions (1)

Date
02/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Action By: Senate

Titles (2)

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Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Introduced:

Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

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Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Introduced:

A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve and clarify certain disclosure requirements for restaurants and similar retail food establishments, and to amend the authority to bring proceedings under section 403A.


Subjects (7)

  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Consumer affairs
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Food industry and services
  • Nutrition and diet
  • Retail and wholesale trades

Cosponsors (14)


Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions02/01/2017 Referred to

Related Bills (0)

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